I've watched Dr. Kristin Neff's Ted Talk video on self-compassion and also watched the video that's part of the MM training. I perceived myself as having a good understanding of it.
In June, as part of my training with Jenny at New Trails, she had me go through the motions of self-compassion. I closed my eyes and thought about a current particular challenge in my life. I placed my hand on my heart and said, "This is a moment of suffering." I took a deep breath and said, "Suffering is a part of life." I breathed in a few more times and then said, " I will be kind to myself."
Tears welled up in my eyes as I felt a gentle compassion and forgiveness sweep over me. I thought I had been handling this particular problem quite well. But, obviously, I hadn't. The tears and crying, while they surprised me, were healing and cathartic.
Sometimes we can feel like the problem we're in is going to last forever and that we're all alone in it. This exercise helps to focus your mind on the 'right now' and the commonality we have with each other. Best of all, this exercise brings you to a point of release and forgiveness. So precious!
Yes hes been around for a long time and takes the work away from any narcissistic edge towards more effective compassion
Definitively check his stuff out
Also Mark Leary the curse of the self
And Brene Brown esp her work on shame and how to overcome it
All great resources for overwhelmed autism parents
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