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Self Compassion

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?

An Open Letter To Anyone Having A Bad Week

Clara Wagner | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
Clara Wagner

I'm sorry. I have no idea why your week is bad, or how bad it actually is. But I want you to know that your grumpy, stressed out, short-tempered self is just as awesome as your cheerful self. Please do not shun your suffering.

In the Name of Mindfulness and Self Compassion -- You Are Dumped!

Kellie Edwards | Posted 11.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kellie Edwards

When I'm with you I'm not as happy as I am when you're away. Being with you is like low-grade stress. The ordinary moments become painful and you s...

Claiming Spiritual Real Estate in Prison

Nancy Deville | Posted 10.27.2015 | Impact
Nancy Deville

Even though there may not be quantifiable statistics that prove that yoga prevents recidivism, our purpose is to infiltrate and claim as much spiritual real estate as possible. We teach yoga to incarcerated women because we believe yoga can help them go on to experience the full expression of their lives.

Navigating the Comparison Trap

Sarah Herstich, MSW, LCSW | Posted 10.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sarah Herstich, MSW, LCSW

Comparing our lives against what we assume other people's lives to be quickly leads to envy and despair. And to be real, it can also lead to judgement toward the other person you are comparing yourself against. Judging them can make us feel a bit better about ourselves, at least in that moment.

Self-Love Is Essential for Givers -- Here's Why...

Karuna Patel | Posted 10.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Karuna Patel

Love comes in many forms. There is romantic love, parental love, sibling love, and universal love. But what about self-love? Self-love means to give...

True Success: Becoming Your Own Best Friend

Mark Provost | Posted 10.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Provost

I love and accept you, Mark Anthony Provost. I am so proud of the person that you have become and are going to be. I am grateful and honored to be yo...

The No. 1 Tool You Need to Take Risks in Life

Megan Bruneau | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Bruneau

Photo credit: Kevin Krejci Our minds like to tell us not to take risks (and sometimes our fathers, but usually our minds get the final say). I resi...

6 Things That Will Happen When You're Kind To Yourself

Amy Morin | Posted 10.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Morin

Self-compassion strikes a balance between self-acceptance and self-improvement. Rather than getting down on yourself for making a mistake, or hosting a pity party when you encounter hardship, self-compassion involves taking a kind, but realistic view of your experience.

Let's End Burnout in the Movement

Victor Narro | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Narro

It takes courage to radically change direction towards a more sustainable and healthy movement for justice. But change makers owe nothing less to the millions of community members impacted by the economic injustices they fight for every day. If we can truly support one another and open our hearts, we can connect and create a radical solidarity.

Spiritual Tips for Maximizing Your Energy

Alison Campbell | Posted 09.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alison Campbell

We've all had this experience, the feeling of being in one place physically, but entirely somewhere else mentally. At times like that, have you noticed yourself feeling kind of exhausted? If not exhausted, then perhaps just not as happy, fun, patient, or loving as you'd like.

Is Failure Necessary for Success?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 09.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Deepak Chopra

In a society that places a high value on competition and winning, everyone wants to succeed. It becomes difficult to discuss failure, which somehow translates into personal weakness, lack, or vulnerability. I'd like to reframe the whole relationship between success and failure so that both become part of a single process: your personal evolution.

Top 6 Ways I've Learned to Live a Bigger Story

Kimberly Inskeep | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Kimberly Inskeep

When we see our lives as stories, this lens clarifies our how we spend our days, challenging us to ponder whether we are living a big, significant story that will last after we're gone, or a ho-hum and predictable existence.

Three Lessons for Students From the Movie The Prophet

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 08.28.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Since it was published in 1923, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet has been loved by generations of readers. A new film, starring Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek, brings to life eight of Gibran's poems, each one illustrated by a different animator.

Self-Love Is the Key to Getting Anything and Everything You Want

Samantha Ushedo | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Ushedo

The first and often only step you need to find the success, happiness, health and fulfillment (in any area of life) that you seek begins with first loving yourself.

'Only When There is Calm Will Things Settle'

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 08.18.2015 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

Every task we undertake as humans -- social beings, after all -- threatens to do violence, or at the very least ring hollow, when the well-being and happiness of ourselves and those around us are ignored.

Four Lies We Tell Ourselves That Keep Us From Being Happy

Heather Sample Spires | Posted 08.12.2015 | Women
Heather Sample Spires

Women can be the biggest b*tches. I mean, we can find just the littlest thing about a person and cut them down right at the knees. And not even think twice.

How to Move Through the Hard Parts

Amy Crumpton | Posted 08.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo at by Chelsea Francis It was a Thursday morning at 5:00 a.m. I drug myself out of bed and headed toward the kitchen to make a cup...

Imagine Opening Hearts With Dr. Charlotte, And So It Is!

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 08.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

Dr. Charlotte Reznick seeks to open the hearts of children by healing the wounded with loving kindness.