I was with my daughter this weekend, and we, as many do, took some selfies. When looking at them I made a comment like ‘looks like I have a weird head in these pictures!’. She turned, looked me in the eye, and said something I taught her years ago ‘would you talk like that to your 5 year old self?’ It stopped me, of course I wouldn’t. And I would never had even had those thoughts about my daughter, I would only see how amazing she is.
Have you ever felt it? The ease with which we offer compassion to others, yet the struggle to extend that same kindness to ourselves? Rick Hanson, in his book “Resilient,” defines compassion as “the recognition of pain with the desire to relieve it.” Imagine treating yourself like you would a best friend: supportive, understanding, and radiating warmth. This shift from self-criticism to self-love can be transformative.
In Chinese Medicine, compassion is deeply connected to the Earth element, symbolizing our core and grounding. A balanced Earth element manifests as healthy compassion towards ourselves and others. Imbalance shows up as difficulty giving or receiving compassion, constantly seeking it, or being overly compassionate without boundaries. Interestingly, Read MoreRead More