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Self Compassion

To Be or Not to Be Judgmental -- That Is the Question

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 04.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We will need to remain aware of the status of our self-esteem as well as holding compassion for others and ourselves. We can then find our way out of the knots of hierarchy, honoring of our uniqueness and the uniqueness of others.

We Are All Doing the Best We Can: A Lesson in Compassion

MotherWoman | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Malia Gaffney One of my greatest challenges as a mother (and as a human) is to have compassion for myself. When I fly off the handle at the slight...

'Shouldn't You Be Over That by Now?' How to Respond to Judgment on Your Grieving Process

Megan Devine | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Sometimes it just makes it easier on you, easier on your heart and mind, if you simply stop trying to explain. Refusing to explain or defend your grief doesn't mean you let other people go on and on about it, continually telling you how you should live.

On Suicide

Becky Cavender | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Becky Cavender

Twenty-four years later, we still think of her. We still ask questions. There was no note. We have coffee, talk of her, and cry. We tell our children that sometimes life is hard, but it is -- in equal measure, at least -- splendid and captivating. We miss her. We love her.

3 Ways to Not Get Drained by Needy People

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

If you often leave a conversation feeling drained, then you need to learn to be aware of what needy, draining people do that suck the life right out of you -- and what you can do to not get drained.

How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

The answer is not that simple because human beings are not that simple.

Would You Wish Your Life on Your Children?

Robin Kevles-Necowitz | Posted 03.06.2014 | Parents
Robin Kevles-Necowitz

Childhood isn't easy. And it's a whole lot harder when parents are counting on their children to make them happy -- with a good grade, a positive attitude, a full social calendar, a home run at the game, a scholarship, great SAT scores and perfect attendance.

No, Dove, My Armpit Is Not Having a Moment

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

My armpit does its job just fine and my appreciation for what it does is not contingent upon how it looks, how it looks to others or even how lovely it smells. My armpit is, happily, the last place on my body that gets my attention.

The Damaging Way Women Respond To Distress

OWN | Posted 02.25.2014 | OWN

"My stomach looks so bulky." "My job is stupid." "I'll probably never find someone." We frequently hear people verbalize these types of self-critiq...

7 Ways To Love Yourself

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Terri Kennedy

How you view and treat yourself influences how others view and treat you. Make a commitment to loving yourself unconditionally, and you will expand your capacity to give and receive love.

10 Inspiring Reminders To Love Yourself Today, And Every Day Of The Year

Posted 02.14.2014 | Divorce

What's the message we here at HuffPost are taking to heart this Valentine's Day? It's a quote from the Sufi poet Rumi. "Your task is not to seek for l...

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.: What Happens When Wonder Woman Gets Sick?

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

I was working on a project with a big magazine. We had a call with one of the writers, and I called from my hospital room. I had not told anyone that I was sick, or more importantly, that I was in the hospital. I am on the call with the writer and the head of the practice, and the phone disconnects.

Four Ways to Free Yourself From Your To-Do List

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

I tend to see my to-do list as something that will help me relieve anxiety -- when the to-do list gets smaller, so will my anxiety. Mistake. While it feels great to check things off the list, when there are still pending items I feel like a failure.

What I Discovered by Beginning a Mindfulness Practice

D. R. Lionheart | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living
D. R. Lionheart

I can embrace myself and others with greater compassion, my life has much less conflict, I am less impulsive and less reactive, my emotions feel more balanced, my thoughts are less intrusive, I sleep well, I am in excellent health, and I spend much more time savoring the richness of life.

3 Scientifically-Proven Ways to Boost Your Resolutions and Make Them Stick

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

We are part of the way through January, and it's likely you've been poking some new resolutions with an old stick. How's it going? It's possible that ...

Feeling Empty and Needy? 6 Ways to Fill Up and Heal Neediness

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. | Posted 03.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

If you want to move beyond emptiness and neediness, then practice these six ways of filling up. You will be amazed at the shift that occurs in your life -- both in your relationships and in your ability to manifest your dreams!

Transform Bad Eating Habits and Body Image for Good

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

The very idea of treating your body like a friend or a loved one, with love and kindness, may sound more like a recipe for overeating and body dissatisfaction than anything else.

Compassion: Learning to Care for Oneself and Others

Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.

Without self-care and self-compassion we cannot be effective caregivers for extended period of times. Self-care can include joining a support group, meditation or other mind-body class, a spiritual support-group or other self-care approaches.

3 Steps To Loving Yourself Unconditionally

Posted 02.07.2014 | OWN

We are so often the cause of our own misery. The TED Prize winner and author of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life shows us how to love ourselves --...

Children Warn: Christmas Multi-Tasking Is Dangerous

Kellie Edwards | Posted 02.18.2014 | Parents
Kellie Edwards

It's funny how in times of stress or "busyness," old habits can resurface and I find myself on autopilot again. I forget that I can't get away with it. Doing more than one thing at a time, that is.

2 Proven Ways to Conquer the Pain of Heartbreak

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

When painful thoughts or emotions arise, notice them without judgment, allow them to be present, and send love and kindness to yourself.

Avoiding This One Important Thing May Save You A Lot Of Self-Doubt

Daniela Tempesta, LCSW | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Daniela Tempesta, LCSW

If comparing is how you evaluate your worth, you will always be losing. In this game of life you will never reach a point where you are better than others in every way and why would you want to be.

From Fearful People-Pleasing to Loving Presence

New Harbinger | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
New Harbinger

To me, loving presence means being connected to our inner nature of love and allowing it to radiate out to others. Knowing and experiencing our loving presence is one important outcome of mindfulness practice that can help us gain freedom from fearful people pleasing.

Three Keys to Lifelong Happiness

Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D.

You can look for things that make your new life better, you will find them, and they will make you happy.

How Loving Myself Helps Me to Love Others

Christie Taylor | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Christie Taylor

Our thoughts and emotions are our own. No one has the power to create our thoughts or emotions or change them. We are our own captain of how we react to situations or internalize them. Certainly people can influence us, but ultimately, we make the final decision.