Practice Self-Compassion

by | Apr 30, 2020

“I’ve come to believe that our capacity to reach beyond ourselves—experiencing mystery or being present to others—is dependent on how fully we are planted in our bodies in all their flaws and their grace.” ―Krista Tippett

We are often our own harshest critic. Regardless of what is going on in life with work, school, our health, or relationships we can be extraordinarily hard on ourselves, leading to stress, disconnectedness, and even despair.

Jesus’ presence brought comfort, healing, and hope, to many that he came in contact with. He told his friends “do not be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).

How do we tap into that presence of comfort, healing, and hope, when we are uncertain or harsh with ourselves?

This is a good time to revisit the spiritual practices you explored earlier (and may still be exploring!), but we also want to lift up a particular practice from the mindfulness and meditation world.

Tara Brach is a meditation and mindfulness expert who has developed a framework called “RAIN” for identifying, understanding, and responding to our own feelings of failure, anxiety, and low self-worth. This is a practice that can be adopted no matter your religious tradition or expression of faith.

R – Recognize What’s Going On

A – Allow the Experience to be There, Just as it is

I – Investigate With Interest and Care

N – Nurture With Self-Compassion

Read more about RAIN here.

You can practice RAIN through this guided meditation.

Is this practice something you think can help you be more self-compassionate? Are there other practices that resonate with you? What are you still struggling with?

With Social Thread we help you explore your faith on your own terms through connecting you with others who are on a similar journey. Join us on Meetup to get notified about our upcoming virtual gatherings (and physical gatherings when it becomes safe to do so).

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