Self-compassion is a practice that takes great courage. It is often easier for us to see the beauty and goodness in someone else than in ourselves. The voice of the inner critic is often quite loud with statements filled with self-hatred. These are things we would never say to a friend or a child. Yet we find it so difficult to treat ourselves as a person of worth and value.
For those struggling with an eating disorder, the profound emotion of shame is often a central part of the suffering. Healing comes through dedication and effort on many fronts. The practice of self-compassion is an essential part of the journey and impacts much of the work of recovery.
The practice of directing loving kindness and compassion toward yourself is the antidote to shame, self-criticism, and resulting suffering that exists in our lives.
Although this may feel counter-intuitive or opposite of our instinct to turn from suffering, our action should be to turn toward the parts of ourselves that most need love, care, and attention.
At Reasons, we incorporate a compassion focused approach into our treatment and give you the skills to begin training your brain to extend compassion and loving kindness toward your inner critic. We want to help you access your full potential for creativity, love, and meaning in life.
For more information about self-compassion, please check out the research and practices from Kristen Neff.
For more information about Compassion Focused Therapy please visit The Compassionate Mind Foundation-USA.
Read our Blog about Self-Compassion Here!