In modern life, there always seems to be a common problem facing us all: no matter how hard we try, no matter how successful we become, it’s never enough.
There’s always someone richer, smarter, and better than we are. And we feel like a failure in comparison. So what do we do?
We could continue rolling around in this vicious, or we could use meditation techniques that remind us to be accepting of our imperfections so we can have a healthy self-esteem.
One strategy that I’ve found incredibly useful is a self-compassion meditation.
Here’s how to practice the self-compassion break
The self-compassion break involves using a set of memorized phrases to soothe and comfort yourself.
Here are the steps, according to Mindful:
1. Put both hands on your heart, pause, and feel their warmth. You can also put your hands on any other place on your body that feels soothing and comforting, such as your belly or your face.
2. Breathe deeply in and out.
3. Speak these words to yourself (out loud or silently) in a warm and caring tone:
This is a moment of suffering
Suffering is part of life
May I be kind to myself
May I give myself the compassion I need
The next time you judge yourself or have a difficult experience you can use these phrases as a way of reminding yourself to be self-compassionate. It’s a handy tool to help soothe and calm troubled states of mind.
With enough practice, it will also rewire your brain to be accepting of yourself so you can have a healthy self-esteem.
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