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Self Compassion

The 7 Most Profound Ways That Love Can Make You Healthier

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living

Can love really conquer all? We asked, you answered.

An Important Meditation For Anyone Who's Too Hard On Themselves

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living

You are a person, and being a person is hard. You want to do everything perfectly, but sometimes forces outside of your control become obstacl...

The Tyranny of Perfection

Dr. Randy Kamen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Randy Kamen

The pursuit of perfection contributes to heightened anxiety, stress, depression, and diminished self esteem. At the same time we cheat ourselves out of the potential joy and satisfaction that could be gleaned from what we do accomplish.

Leave Perfection to Those with Little Imagination

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Fifty
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

(City Landscape by Heidi Parkes) The kettle whistles; a vibrant green powder dissolves into the steaming water, swirling until uniform. The...

The One Thing Caregivers Need to Know: How to Care for Themselves

Kristin Neff | Posted 01.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristin Neff

Think of all the generous, kind people you know who constantly give compassion and care to others, yet continually beat themselves up. "You're so stup...

Relapsed Alcoholic? This Is for You

Vivienne Mayer | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Vivienne Mayer

I could not save my sister any more than I can save you -- only you can do it for yourself, with or without the help of rehab, therapy, medication or a higher power. But I can be on your team on the road to recovery. It doesn't matter how many times you've tried before. Do it again. Do it for yourself.

Speaking Up For Your Feelings

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

You will find that your stress level goes down once you become adept at speaking up for your feelings and taking loving action in your own behalf.

5 Ways Self-Compassion Can Turn Your Life Around

Sandra Bienkowski | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bienkowski

When you develop self-compassion and learn how to comfort yourself, it's like having your own cheerleading squad, pep rally, personal coach, meditation guide, motivational speaker, psychologist and best friend with you at all times.

Tea in the Garden of Unconditional Love

Padma Gordon | Posted 01.19.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

It is a blustery, warm, rainbow-filled day and I welcome a moment for quiet reflection to explore more fully what it means to stay present as spirit ...

Does Your Compassion Disappear When Someone's Angry?

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Renee saw herself as a very compassionate person. She could easily feel into her husband Jeff's feelings when he was sad or scared.

Power Struggles: Being Right or Being Loving

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

Mandy and Evan consulted with me for couple's counseling because they were always bickering. Every little thing seemed to become an issue between them...

How to Change Through Inspired Action

Jeff Singh | Posted 01.10.2016 | Good News
Jeff Singh

Original Image by Scott Cresswell Numerous articles are written on how to change extolling the powers of will, goals, and visualization, even advis...

25 Self-Love Quotes

Jen Smith | Posted 01.07.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jen Smith

1. "You, yourself, as much as anybody else in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection." -- Buddha 2. "In your own life it's important ...

3 Ways to Free Yourself of Shame and Guilt

Emily Madill | Posted 01.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Emily Madill

When we live in the past or fret about the future, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to bask in the joy of "right now." So bask away and you may be surprised to see that more of the same is right around the corner.

Compassion Fatigue: Do as I Say, Not as I've Done

Caitlyn McIntosh | Posted 12.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Caitlyn McIntosh

Compassion fatigue. You may or may not have heard the term and definition, but it is pretty straightforward. And real. If you let it get far enough, i...

A Gift to Yourself

Lara Fielding | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Lara Fielding

At the end of the day, we cannot give what we do not have. Building the skill of compassionate self awareness is the first step in building more authentic and connected relationships with others. Just as the philosophers have proposed that being altruistic is ultimately always selfish, perhaps sometimes being selfish is ultimately altruistic!

Welcoming Compassion for the Self

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 12.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Before we can develop a genuine capacity for offering ourselves compassion, we must be able to acknowledge how self-loathing lives in us and be able t...

How to Lose Weight in a New Era of Body Positivity

Naomi Teeter | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Naomi Teeter

Self-actualization is rare. It happens only in those who frequently examine their motives, their awareness of habits, and question who they really are. It requires a good deal of honest knowledge of oneself. Most people aren't willing to go that deep.

Getting Mindful About Self-Loathing

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 11.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

Desiring to improve a relationship with ourselves is very similar to bettering a relationship with another person. It would be meaningless to simply begin uttering positive statements about one another without addressing where it is that the relationship has been breaking down.

A Moment of Silence

Monisha Vasa | Posted 11.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Monisha Vasa

Today, and in the week ahead, I invite you to join me in creating moments to seek a greater awareness of ourselves. It need not take lots of time, but simply an intention to turn inward and reflect. Let's pray that this translates into the greater energy of peace and compassion.

Listening Our Way to Peace

Sharon Eakes | Posted 11.23.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sharon Eakes

"The root of not listening is knowing. If I already know the truth, why do I need to listen to you?" -- Adam Kahane How do we listen? Nineteen coac...

The Lazy Way Out

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 11.20.2015 | HuffPost Home
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Recently, one of my time coaching clients told me that although he knew intellectually that being self-compassionate was the way to improve, it felt hard to believe that without being self-critical he could muster the effort to change.

How to Not Beat Yourself Up After Screwing Up

Brodie Welch, L.Ac., M.S.O.M. | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Brodie Welch, L.Ac., M.S.O.M.

Here are four (or five, for you overachievers!) steps to help you be a good friend to yourself even when you've missed the mark and fallen short of your own expectations: Identify, Unify, Pacify, Emulsify, Clarify.

8 Tips To Help Heal From Depression

Megan Bruneau | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Bruneau

When we make space for depression to be there, we can make linkages and better understand what causes it. When we become more aware of these causes, we can do what we need to feel better. Finally, we can be intentional around living our lives despite the presence of depression.

A Letter for Those Who Are Suffering

Stephanie Harrison | Posted 11.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Stephanie Harrison

Given that suffering is something that will surely be a part of our lives, perhaps it would behoove us all to learn to accept it, and going beyond that, even come to appreciate it?