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If Your Compassion Does Not Include Yourself, It Is Incomplete – Buddha

If Your Compassion Does Not Include Yourself, It Is Incomplete – Buddha

In life, there will be times of failure, and times of regret.  Times of frustration, and times of worry.  Moments of insecurity and inadequacy plague even the most confident among us.  We will all experience some level of self-doubt and self-criticism, and this is what makes the practice of self-compassion so vitally important. 

Today, rather than beating yourself up for your perceived mistakes and shortcomings, decide to be kind and caring.  Understand and accept that disappointments, failures, and difficulties are all a part of what it is to be human.  Things won’t always turn out exactly as we had hoped, we will have flaws and shortcomings, make errors, and experience defeat and loss, but that’s okay! 

I always say that our imperfections are simply perfection in disguise.

So make a decision today to become more mindful of your negative self-talk and the self-critical perceptions of your behaviors.  Notice your words, and your mannerisms.  Notice your emotions, and your feelings.  Notice your imperfections.

Notice, without judging.

Today, allow the art of self-compassion to help you better handle the realities of life. Be kind and considerate to yourself, be gentle and empathetic. To be imperfect is to be human, and to know and accept that fact helps us transcend that reality.

If Your Compassion Does Not Include Yourself, It Is Incomplete – Buddha
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26 comments

  1. Just the pep talk I needed on this cold, rainy morning. I will forgive the weather … and myself. Thank you.

  2. Fan-fucking-tastic!!!!! .)

  3. This is just what I needed to hear today.

  4. This is simply wonderful! I needed to see this today. Thanks for sharing! ????

  5. Such an important reminder. We hardly show ourselves the same forgiveness, compassion and grace that we would extend to others. Thanks for sharing!

  6. How true – thank-you for the reminder!

  7. You made my day with this.

  8. I absolutely LOVE this seed! If there’s a way to reblog it on WordPress, I’d love to know! So often we focus on our ‘failures’ instead of our progress and achieved goals! Thank you so much for the wonderful reminder and advice!

  9. Once again, you’ve at one! Truly reassuring, motivating and affirms the spirit!

  10. This is something I work on everyday. I am very hard on myself.

  11. A great reminder for us all! Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. I love this post because it is so good.
    Becoming aware of your own ‘negative self talk’ is key to practicing compassion.
    It is important to understand that the intention of ‘negative self-talk’ is good, the ego is trying to keep you safe. It just wants you to survive.

    Treat your ego with compassion.
    Make friends with yourself.

  13. Thank you all for the wonderful comments, I’m so glad this post has resonated with so many!

  14. so true! thank you for the great and much needed reminder 🙂

  15. I really love this sentence….. I always say that our imperfections are simply perfection in disguise.

  16. I love “imperfections are simply perfection in disguise”. What a beautiful way to put it. Thank you for this encouraging and caring post.

  17. I love that line: notice without judging. So important! I feel like that’s a life skill we should be teaching our children in classrooms 🙂

  18. Thank you for the kind reminder Seeds! It is good to take some time once in a while to remember the important things.

    While I was reading this post, I couldn’t help but think about a TED talk I watched recently. A Psychologist was explaining the need for some very similar things, which your post mentioned.

    Here is the link:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/guy_winch_the_case_for_emotional_hygiene

    What do you think?

  19. Thank for the reminder indeed. It came at the perfect time. No coincidence..

  20. Thank you for stopping by. Did you visit langza too (where the photo on top of the post is from). Mine’s different – enjoyed visiting your blog. 🙂

  21. I love this quote. I have never heard or read before but it’s so profound and important! Especially your post with it too, you are right we can be way too hard on ourselves over the littlest of errors, and shortcomings which is why I find we can be hard on others, and why it’s important if we’re gentle on ourselves we can be even more so on others. Similar to the quote “We wouldn’t treat our best friends as hard as we treat ourselves, so why do we treat ourselves that way.” 🙂 Being compassionate begins with yourself (us as individuals).

  22. Ok,I might transcend my imperfections but I still can’t be perfect! Thank you again for reading my blog

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