Tuesday, November 30, 2021

How to help our patients to have self compassion

Many folks I see have an unhealthy dialogue or frustration towards their feeling mind.

Yes, the feeling mind can be frustrating, but it’s trying to do its job. It can be “over sensitive”. It can get it wrong often, but without it, we will probably die. It’s there to protect us.

So when it gets it wrong, acknowledge it, thank it even, and soothe it with curiosity, gratitude, compassion, validation, and maybe a small dose of gentle challenge. This is how we can “tame it”.

Avoid the usual critic, judgement and frustration. That will probably make it worse. 

Consider showing gratitude and compassion towards our feeling mind. It’s a way to show “self compassion”.

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