You started the year with great intentions, boundless energy, and ambitious goals. Yet, today you may find yourself back at square one. And on top of that, you’re beating yourself up for the lack of progress. If you’ve veered off your path, it’s not too late to get back on track. Follow these two simple steps, including a meditation for self-compassion.
It’s healthy to strive for excellence, but perfectionism can set you back in more ways than one. And learning that less-than-perfect and excellence can coincide harmoniously is a useful lesson. Whether you’re a full-on perfectionist or just have some tendencies, this meditation will help you loosen up and let it go.
The next time a self-centered day or mood arrives at your door, you should honor the selfish space you are in and focus on using kindness as a way to benefit none other than yourself. Try one of these easy selfish acts of kindness to get started.
The Mettā, or Maitrī, meditation is a loving-kindness practice. Mettā is the Pali word, Maitrī is the Sanskrit word, literally translating to mean unconditional friendliness to oneself and others. The practice is ancient and stems from the Buddhist tradition of cultivating compassion. But really, a Mettā practice need not be affiliated to any religion, culture […]
We don’t live in a society that is particularly comfortable with feelings. Talking about feelings, expressing feelings, and understanding feelings don’t tend to be sexy topics in today’s age. As a culture, we just don’t value emotions the way we value productivity or happiness. But new research is finding that if we can understand our […]
When the possibility of success strikes, what do you do with the self-doubt that shows up uninvited? When you throw yourself into a big project, when you open yourself to something new, when you push yourself into a challenge or toward a goal—especially one you’ve had for a long time or one that’s important to […]
This is a guest post, written by Sara Schairer, founder of Compassion It, a nonprofit and global social movement that inspires compassionate actions and attitudes. Take it away, Sara … Research indicates that compassion makes us happier, healthier, and even more attractive to others. So how can we begin to incorporate more compassion into our […]