Self-compassion break

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Self-compassion break

This short practice trains us to bring mindfulness, common humanity and self-kindness to our suffering.

If weโ€™re currently experiencing emotional discomfort or suffering, we can work with this.

Otherwise, weโ€™re invited to think of a situation in our lives that is difficult, that is causing us stress. Calling the situation to mind, and seeing if we can actually feel the stress and emotional discomfort in our body.

Now, saying to ourselves:

1. โ€œThis is a moment of sufferingโ€ฆโ€

This is mindfulness, acknowledging what is happening.

Other options include:

โ€œThis hurts.โ€
โ€œOuch!โ€
โ€œIโ€™m feeling stressed.โ€

2. โ€œSuffering is a part of lifeโ€ฆโ€

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