Monday, July 10, 2006

Self-Judgment: Finding Compassion

I once said that you cannot be compassionate with others until you learn how to be compassionate with yourself. This month I found the teleclass participants fully understood that idea…

I asked everyone if they were able to be compassionate with others when they were feeling judgmental toward themselves, even just a little. Unanimously, all said, “no.” In fact, the response was much more emphatic, hearing words such as “impossible” and “absolutely not”. We cannot begin to access our compassionate state in a state of self-judgment. When we are feeling softer and more loving with ourselves we can then begin to send that outward. Whatever is within will go without.