Finding compassion for ourselves can be challenging at times, especially when experiencing depression, anxiety, substance use issues, and other emotional challenges. Excessive guilt is actually one of the symptoms of major depressive disorder as listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, Fifth Edition(DSM-5). So, if we are feeling disproportionately guilty, it may be challenging to connect with that self-compassion. Additionally, when lacking self-compassion it can be more of a struggle to feel compassion towards others. Have you ever been upset with yourself and found yourself lashing out at others?
So, really, it benefits everyone to practice self-compassion. In my last blog post, “Let’s Get Curious,” I explained how approaching our inner experiences with curiosity, as opposed to judgement, can help us find compassion for ourselves. I also pointed out that meditation can be helpful in cultivating that curiosity and compassion.
I recently came upon this meditation by Tara Brach, a psychologist and meditation teacher, and found it powerful in helping me reconnect with my self-compassion. Enjoy!