"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." – The Dalai Lama “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield
Being a healer, or working in the healing arts, means having a heightened sense of compassion for the suffering of others. Over the years, I’ve observed that most healers feel a “calling” or desire to help people, which is what draws them to their professions.
While most of us have deep compassion for other people’s suffering, many of us find it difficult to extend that same compassion to ourselves. People who are easily and naturally loving and supportive to their clients, friends and family, are often hard on themselves and can practice the very same negative thought-patterns they would counsel others to avoid. Even people who have healthy self-esteem can also have a low level of self-compassion. (Click here for a great online self-test to check your self-compassion level!)
How I tap into self-compassion is through meditation. HERE is a wonderful guided meditation to activate the energies of Universal Love & Compassion, and a great way to send compassion energy to others as well – especially to those who are challenging to deal with (and who doesn’t have someone like that in their life?)
I hope you enjoy this useful meditation, and that you continue to nurture your own self-compassion.