We continue our weekly Sunday morning #SpiritChat conversations on Sunday, August 23rd 2015 at 9amET/1pmUTC with special host, Dr. Christy Johnson. A long time supporter of the chat with her insights and sharing, Christy will discuss the subject of “Self-Compassion” with all of you! Please join her, and leave her some comments on her beautiful post below. Thank you, Christy, for stepping up to host #SpiritChat! – Kumud
Self-Compassion by @IntuitiveHeal
As Buddha stated, “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Yet many of us, even long-time spiritual seekers, often hold ourselves to a higher standard. You may even treat yourself more poorly than you could ever imagine treating someone else, pulling yourself out of the flow of light and love available to all. Perhaps a higher self-standard arises because you feel your increasing consciousness requires you to do more, to exceed expectations, to be of greater service in this time of intense need on our planet.
Often people who excel pay the price of higher expectations. You may wish to transcend your humanness by being perfect. Yet true transcendence comes with accepting your human imperfections, by realizing the journey to consciousness never ends.
Maya Angelou said, “When you know better, you do better.” I would amend this to say, “Once you integrate knowing better, you do better.” Conscious knowing only lays the foundation. People often lament about “getting it consciously but not in daily life.” Something magical happens when you accept what you know. When you deeply admit you need to love yourself, when you integrate it as a value and not just an abstract concept, life shifts.
“If you don’t love yourself, you cannot love others,” according to the Dalai Lama. Compassion is the desire to reduce suffering. By developing self-compassion, you reduce your own suffering. Self-compassion yields many benefits: you feel better, you have more to offer the world, and you uplift all beings when you shine more brightly. Plus you model kindness for yourself and others, a much needed quality for our survival as a species.
Join us on Twitter with the hashtag #spiritchat on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at 9 A.M. ET where we’ll explore how to invite the healing energy of self-compassion.
Dr. Christy L. Johnson, a recovering IBM engineer and perfectionist, helps people invite wholeness and harmony into their bodies, minds, spirits, finances, relationships, careers, and businesses. She offers soul point of view (#SoulPOV) consultations, the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® Japanese acupressure, and intuitive healing.