A Self Compassion Practice to Rewire Your Brain for Resilience
Scientific evidence suggests that self compassion increases our emotional resilience and improves our health, wellbeing and productivity.
Importantly, self compassion also helps us to learn from the mistakes that caused our upset in the first place.
Research has shown that people with high self-compassion show greater motivation to correct their errors.
They tend to work harder after failing an important test, for instance, and are more determined to make up for a perceived moral transgression, such as betraying a friend’s trust.
Self-compassion, it seems, can create a sense of safety that allows us to
meet our weaknesses with love and make positive changes in our lives, rather than becoming overly self-defensive, or feeling hopeless and discouraged.
More than ever, we need to stop seeing self-compassion and self-care as
a sign of weakness, says Kristin Neff, an associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, who has pioneered this research.
“The research is really overwhelming at this point, showing that when life gets tough, you want to be self compassionate. It's going to make you stronger.”
Mindful self-compassion, a practice developed by Chris Germer at Harvard and Kristin Neff brings awareness and acceptance to your emotional experience, no matter how upsetting it is.
At an even deeper level in your brain, it brings awareness and acceptance to yourself as the experiencer of the experience.
Would you like to experience self compassion no matter what is going on in your life, and feel more relaxed, resourceful and productive?
Then I invite you to try a short, five minute Self-Compassion Break with me now to deepen your self compassion, resilience and wellbeing - and to open to and connect with your heart.