Mindful Compassion supports self-acceptance and cultivating an attitude of kindness toward the imperfections we find in ourselves and others. The component of mindfulness supports our capacity to accept our current challenges, thoughts, and feelings without judgment or becoming stuck in the difficult emotions. The cultivation of mindful awareness, acceptance and self-compassion enable us to liberate our energy, time, and resources to our authentic well-being.
The experience of becoming stuck in a negative emotional cycle can be amplified when we avoid our present reality or seek escape from unpleasant experience. There is a plentitude of research indicating that the practice of compassion not only helps ease stress, but also brings a greater sense of purpose and meaning to our lives. Going beyond our often limiting perspectives, the practice of mindfulness and compassion serves as tools needed to take on the perspective of others.
Mental traits commonly associated with depression and anxiety are self-absorption, perfectionism, and a preoccupation with one’s own flaws and short-comings. Negative self-evaluation also perpetuates self-absorption and through our ability to accept our own limitations enables us to embrace others despite our human imperfections. Self-compassion includes responding to pain with kindness rather than judgment, being mindful of a painful experience, and to recognize suffering as part of our common humanity.Call us today at (415) 547-0608 to find out more about our Mindful Self-Compassion Group.