One of the things I love about being a therapist is practicing and living what I help others with. Self-Compassion practice helps me to create a habit of loving kindness, a commitment to call love to meet what is present.

When pain is present sometimes it hurts and is hard to call. The pain digs in. It remembers the times it was unseen or uncared about. Judgment, denial and shame join the party and try to block compassion from coming in.

But self-compassion is a party crasher, it is powerful, it lives to move its light into tight, hurting spaces.

It will sit on the couch or corner beside us offering its kind loving presence and acceptance.

Self-Compassion says: “Be gentle with yourself. When you forget, remember, put your hand on your heart and remember that I am here, and fierce and ready for healing.