Five weeks until our class: Learning Self-compassion and Mindfulness Skills begins.
My colleague and I are carving time in our schedules and finding great places to prepare for this class. Today, it was Arella's for lunch. Cricket loves their nice cool floor and seems to know when the two of us get together she's in for a long nap.
We've taken on the challenge to spend the next five weeks practicing what we will be teaching. I am so excited! Our first assignment ... to ask ourselves each day without judgment - How am I feeling? and to take time to answer that question in writing format, honor the answer in a compassionate way. Sometimes it is phrased: to check in with ourselves. An interesting note for a person who is blind, and others may find it interesting too, the process is what is important - it isn't so important if you can read what you have written.
Insecurity, anxiety, and depression are incredibly common in our society, and much of this is due to self-judgment, to beating ourselves up when we feel we are't winning in the game of life. Kristin Neff, Ph.D.
It does take work to break the self-criticizing habits of a lifetime, but at the end of the day, you are only being asked to relax, allow life to be as it is, and open your heart to yourself. Kristin Neff, Ph.D. -- Self-compassion. Stop eating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.
Dinner included lovely dinner with friends and Cricket even got some play time with a pugle.