Learning self-compassion from loving a toddler

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Experts say that one of the best ways to teach yourself self-compassion is to first bring up feelings that you have for another whom you love.

There is no one easier to love than an innocent child.  I have been blessed with a beautiful grand daughter.

So I began to think of things I hope for her.

Taylor….

  • I hope that you continue to live your life fearlessly.
  • I hope that you always walk boldly toward what you want, knowing that those who love you will be following right behind.
  • I hope that you reach for things expecting to grab them on your first try.
  • I hope that your determination continues to amaze others.
  • I hope that your presence brings a smile to the face of all those who are watching you.
  • I hope you continue to go though each day, trusting that everything you need will be there for you and never worrying that it won’t.
  • I hope you continue to trust others without fear of disappointment.
  • I hope that you learn something new every day.
  • I hope that you always remember how much you are loved.
  • I hope you realize how much your life has touched others.
  • I hope that you always dance to the music in your heart, no matter who is around.
  • I hope you continue to sing “Let it go” at the top of your lungs.  

So, then I turned these thoughts of love and compassion around on myself.

Wendy…..
May you

  • live your life fearlessly.
  • walk boldly toward what you want, knowing that those who love you will be following right behind.
  • reach for things expecting to grab them on your first try.
  • amaze others with your determination.
  • (your) presence bring smiles to the faces of those who are watching you.
  • go though each day, trusting that everything you need will be there for you and never worrying that it won’t.
  • trust others without fear of disappointment.
  • learn something new every day.
  • always remember how much you are loved.
  • realize how much your life has touched others.
  • always dance to the music in your heart, no matter who is around. 
  • continue to sing “Let it go” at the top of your lungs.

This is how you turn your compassion for others into self-compassion.    Perhaps we can all learn to love ourselves better by loving others.

NOW YOU TRY IT!