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Cultivating Compassion - For yourself and for others

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Self-Compassion and Compassion, How-to, empathy, shared humanity, acts of kindness, growth

Compassion is one of the most profound human qualities we possess. It has the power to transform lives, heal wounds, and ultimately bring us closer to our shared humanity. At it's core, compassion is the recognition and understanding of suffering (in ourselves and others) coupled with the sincere desire to alleviate it. Compassion is a seed that grows through nurturing, kindness, and attention.

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Whilst we often associate compassion with kindness towards others, it's essential to remember that compassion starts with ourselves. In this short read, LSC explores the concept of compassion and self-compassion, and provides you with tips to cultivate them in our daily lives, to build resilience, foster kindness, and improve our rich and meaningful life.

Read on to build your resilience through Compassion!

Compassion for Others:

  1. Active Listening. Pay attention when someone speaks, allow the space to express themselves fully and without interruptions. Show genuine interest in their thoughts and feelings, making them feel heard and understood. Sometimes when we hear someone else's story, we can find similarities to our own stories, and this fosters a sense of collective experience.

  2. Kindness in Action. Acts of Kindness, random or intentional. Whether it's offering to help a stranger, volunteering for a cause, or supporting your friend in a time of need, these small gestures can have a profound impact of someone's day or even their life! As well as that boost of "feel good" energy this gives us, it brings us closer to our fellow humans by extending a helping hand, and who knows, we may need that helping hand from someone else some day.

  3. Cultivating Empathy. Stepping into someone else's shoes is a powerful way to understand their perspective and practice empathy. This mindset builds connection and fosters a compassionate response that comes from a place of understanding, instead of judgement or criticism.

How to be kinder to yourself:

Cultivating Self-Compassion

  1. Embrace Imperfection. Making mistakes and facing setbacks is natural! Rather than berating ourselves for "not being good enough", embrace your flaws, that's what makes you Unique. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding.

  2. Practice Self-Care. Ok this tip comes up a lot, but it's for good reason. Self-care activities that nourish your mind, body and soul is how we recharge. Start small, take breaks. Build on it, engage in your hobby or personal passion. Practice mindfulness or meditation to help you be in the present moment instead of slipping into past mistake or future worries. Seek support from loved ones - Asking for help brings us closer to each other as we give another person the opportunity to uplift us as we uplift them.

  3. Reframe Negative Self-Talk. Become aware of that little critic in your mind and challenge their negative self-talk. Replace self-judgement with compassionate and encouraging thoughts. "I am doing the best I can with what I have right now." Treat yourself as you would treat a dear friend who is going through hardships.

"I am not the first to have felt this way, and I won't be the last, but I am growing." - Affirmation of Self-Compassion.

The Last Word

Compassion and self-compassion are transformative qualities that will bring you immense joy, healing and connectiveness and help grow your rich and meaningful life. Practicing compassion for ourselves and for others creates a positive ripple effect that has the power to uplift humanity, or at least your inner circle. So, let us embrace compassion as your guiding light. Foster a kinder and more compassionate world, one step at a time.

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