My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Therapists Thoughts on Thursday

I come from the perspective that in each of us of is resiliency and also that we are able to embrace our life more fully when practiced with mindful self-compassion.

What is mindful self-compassion?

"... What would happen if you were kind to yourself - atleast as kind as you are to others -- when you notice the ways you're less-than-perfect?  How do you respond to life's problems -- work pressure, illness, rejection, overdue bills?  In difficult situations, it's easy for us to become overwhelmed with strong emotions such as fear, anger, sadness or shame.  Then we amplify our stress by telling ourselves:  Ths is not supposed to be happening to me!"  But what if you took a different approach, accepting that "this is happening" while reminding yourself that all people have their struggles?  What if you took a moment to soothe and comfort yourself when life becomes difficult, rather than troubling yourself further.  In other words,  what if you learned the art of mindful self-compassion?

Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned by anyone.  It involves generating kindness and respect toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease."   Dr. Christopher Gerner.

Today I will share this concept in various ways with nine clients.  Can't wait!   

1 comment:

karen (Mom) said...

I listened to Larry King interview Elizabeth Edwards. She is a study in resiliency for sure. He said "Resilence is something you learn you have or don't have when misfortunes occur." Thought it was an idea to ponder.