What is self-compassion:
Self-compassion is becoming aware of any negative thoughts, especially regarding goals that we have not achieved, and taking steps to reduce that emotional, physical and spiritual suffering.
Self-compassion and self-awareness are inextricably linked. They allow you to watch without being engrossed in emotions, limiting beliefs, or self- and other-judgments.
What can self-compassion do:
Regulate hormones related to stress (cortisol) and love (oxytocin)
Reduce chronic inflammation and chronic stress (fight-or-flight) responses that causes it.
Helps cope and process challenging experiences
Lessens depression and anxiety
Cultivates patience, generosity, gratitude, acceptance and open-mindedness.
Why is self-compassion important
Whatever you focus your attention on becomes more powerful.
Remember to rejoice in the things that are going well.
You have the ability to improve your well-being in any part of your life right now. Every action and decision you make has the potential to bring you closer to your natural state of equilibrium, when your actual self shines through.
In Ayurveda, there's a saying that whatever you focus your attention on develops stronger. You may feel uneasy if you focus on what's wrong all of the time. You can find yourself celebrating what's right if you concentrate on what's going well. Your state of consciousness is both the source of joy and the source of misery. Make a point of focusing on what's going well.
As you develop your new Ayurvedic lifestyle, we'll share methods to help you cultivate deeper self-compassion and increased levels of awareness.
Self-compassion provides the gift of adaptation and forgiving, which is particularly useful when barriers or failures arise. It also improves your ability to recognize what is correct. According to studies, practicing self-compassion can lead to positive physical, emotional, mental, and interpersonal changes.
Think about it, when you didn't achieve something, let's pretend its failing an exam, telling yourself that you're useless or stupid is not only unhelpful but can lead to further failure, as words have power. Your negative self-talk is programming your mind towards unsuccess. However self-compassion, especially words like 'you did you best' followed by 'next time you'll do better', can not only help you accept the situation but prepare your subconscious to turn the situation around in the future.