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Self-Compassion – Tool #5

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The gift of Self-Compassion is a practice.

Like a string of pearls, each time you practice a moment of self-compassion, you string a pearl. And as you practice, you string another and another and another until you have a beautiful string.

And those pearls can help gird you when your inner critic pipes in to tell you you aren’t good enough.

And those pearls can help gird you in the face of a culture whose messages are designed to make you feel less than, not enough, always lacking.

And truly, like this quote says, this string can change your life.

Collect your pearls.

You are a gift.

xo

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Self-Compassion – Tool #4

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Have you ever heard that saying that we teach what we most need?

This tool of Self-Compassion is a skill that I’ve had to learn again,
and again,
and again.

I feel like I’m hardwired to be hypercritical of myself. I am my own worst enemy. The things I have said to myself, I’d never say to another human being. Ever.

Then why would I heap it on my beautiful self?

If your compassion practice doesn’t include your SELF, then you are, paraphrasing author Deborah Adele, painting the world blue from a red paint can.

Compassion for others starts from being compassionate toward your SELF.

Peace, Sarah


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Self Compassion – Tool #3

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Words are powerful. I believe that what we say has a hand in what we create.

If you say, “I am bummed” enough….you will, indeed be bummed.

If you say, “I’m not good enough” or “I’m not able” or “I’m not worthy”…these things will be.

Words are powerful.

What if, instead, you said things that are constructive?

I am powerful.

I am beautiful.

I am brilliant.

I am able.

I am.

I am.

I am.

Give it a shot. Participate in the creation of your future. Life doesn’t just happen to you. You co-create it. You take what has been given and decide what to do with it.

I am ______________.
What are you?

Last time we talked stop signs. Now replace them with reconstructed I am’s.

Let me know how it goes.
Peace, Sarah


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Self Compassion – Tool #2

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We don’t even realize the stream of crap we tell ourselves. Often, we are unconscious in our own self-flagellation.The words just flow and are on repeat.

What are your words?

What do you tell yourself?

Are the words supporting your health, growth, happiness?

Or

Are the words tearing you down?

Start to practice ‘the catch.’ NOTICE when your inside words are tearing you down. Once you see you’re doing it, visualize a stopsign and tell yourself, “STOP.”

Stop the flow of crap.

Be intentional. Be forceful. Enough.

Mine sounds like this:

“Oh look there I go again. Enough already. Stop.”

And if you need to, repeat it. But you’ll notice that your thoughts will, indeed stop. Next up? Replacing the words with more compassionate languaging.

Instead of, “I’m so stupid.”

replace it with

“I am brilliant, but simply made a mistake. Mistakes are human. I’m human.”

Tool: If you haven’t read “Making A Change for Good” by Cheri Huber. I highly recommend. It’s a way to step back from the voices, name them an start to see that you aren’t the voices.

xo


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Self Compassion – Tool #1

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The journey toward self compassion began when my kids were in school. I had some room to breathe and take stock.

I knew that I was tired of being so hard on myself. The things I’d say to myself I’d never say to another human..so why did I say them to my Self?

Things like:
You’re a gargantuan.
You’re an Amazon.
You’re dumb.
You’re unsuccessful.
You’re not pretty.
You’re awkward.
You’re not in shape.
Who do you think you are?

This is just some of the lovely repertoire I would heap on myself. And I was tired….so tired. In my insides, I knew there had to be a better way.

So I designed and treated myself to a year of Self Compassion. I did so many interesting things. And over the course of the next couple of weeks, I’ll share some of them with you.

First up. Start noticing what you say. Can you catch yourself when the harsh critic attacks?

And then, can you start to replace the voice’s comment with something kinder?

Voice:
OMG I’m so stupid.

Self Compassion Voice:
You may not know the answer right now, but you’ll figure it out. You’re resourceful and brilliant.

The key is in the catch. And it’s in the replacement. Because the voices run rampant like a bull in a china shop.

Give it a shot. I’ve got a Self Compassion Workshop and Practice coming up at Tula Yoga & Wellness . If you think it would serve you, come! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

xo


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Gratitude Towards Your Body

This week I fell down the stairs and injured my back/hip/tail. I’m in pain and it’s hard to move…

My go-to feeling when I’m sick, injured, laid up – is FRUSTRATED. I’m a physical being who needs to move in order to feel complete. I detest being forced to be still.

I had to teach a class this week – the topic? GRATITUDE for your body. Reframing our negative voices about our body into giving thanks.

Gratitude

Ice Pack, check. Gratitude, check.

As I was sitting there with an ice pack on my a$$…I thought, “Holy crap…thanks Universe.”

Because here was the opportunity to actually stand in my frustration, reframe my attitude towards my body, and then teach a class on it…

So that’s what I did. I centered myself, took a piece of paper, and wrote 5 things that I was grateful for in that moment about my body…

  1. I am strong, so I’m bruised but not broken.
  2. I have padding on my butt which cushioned my fall.
  3. I can still write, create, work.
  4. I can feel pain – which informs my movement and protects me from further injury.
  5. I am courageous in my ability to ask for help.

What are your 5 things?

Gratitude is a powerful tool to bring into your toolbox of Self Compassion. It helps turn your attitude from “UGH this body is too __(fill in the blank)__ or not enough..” to “My body is fantastic and I’m grateful for it. Click here for an actionable step to take right now on your journey of loving the skin you’re in.

Peace, S