The end of the year is near and if you’re like most people you’ll catch the mind wandering back onto the year looking to measure up how it turned out. This automatic process can be a bit tricky as the mind has an automatic negativity bias and tends to look for the things that didn’t work out and can kick us into a downward spiral of dissatisfaction with life.
But we need to look back on our lives so we can learn from the past, be more intentional in the present and be well in the future. What we need in the process is a little self-compassion.
So what do we do?
Here’s a practice called, The Self Compassion Break I learned from Chris Germer, PhD, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, where we can create compassion for ourselves through this process:
- “This is suffering”
- “Suffering is a part of life, all people suffer”
- “May I be kind to myself”
- “May I forgive myself”
This is simply acknowledging something universal and redressing the automatic negativity bias by wishing ourselves well, moving toward forgiveness.
May this be a time of healing for you with a sense of openness and hope for the year ahead.
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Last reviewed: 13 Dec 2010