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And introducing COMPASSION, ACT’s best friend!
Q: How can I improve my life?
A: Be kind to yourself!
We really do have an inbuilt soothing system you know. We may not be very familiar with it, we may be very sceptical about it, deny it even, but it is there, always at our disposal if we care to use it.
Another name for our inbuilt soothing system is compassion. Compassion is that quality of kindness, empathy, sympathy that, too often, we reserve for other people. But compassion is the same whether we give it to others or give it to ourselves. The quality of compassion does not change.
We know what it is, what it feels like, because we will have given it out freely to other people, animals, the environment, at some time or another. When we have seen someone in trouble, a lost child, an animal in distress, pollution in the environment, we will have felt something pull at our heartstrings, we will have felt something soften inside. If we have had an instinctive reaction to reach out to someone, something else, to relieve suffering, that is compassion. The trick now is to learn how to harness it and give it to ourselves. The gift of self compassion, that is our challenge.
Is it worth it? Yes it is. Self compassion will improve our lives no end! Science confirms it. It’s official. Compassion is good for you.
I wrote “OUR INBUILT SOOTHING SYSTEM” to remind me of that.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
- Are you a fan of self compassion?
- Have you learned how to harness its power to soothe yourself?
- What can you share that might be of help to others?
Please leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
POEM FOR TODAY
OUR INBUILT SOOTHING SYSTEM
Maybe we had a bad day, faced some pretty awful things,
Had to make some space for suffering which every life-time brings,
And found out though we could fix most things, we couldn’t fix them all,
So, we called on our compassion to composure reinstall.
Oh, when fears are coursing through us and our heart begins to pound
It is hard to find some peace of mind when thoughts are swirling round,
And as one feeds on another in a maelstrom we are caught,
It can happen in an instant, and it all starts with a thought.
When we’re in this situation then the best thing we can do
Is to breathe into our fears and give them space to move on through,
And rely on our compassion, it is there to still our fears,
So, let’s use the power within us ‘til composure reappears.
It’s a wonderful endowment, and it’s ours to freely use,
We are always in its orbit, it is always ours to choose,
Yet we often are reluctant to call on its healing powers,
Are we mad, or are we stupid, these are powers and they are ours.
And so next time that we are reeling from the bad day we’ve endured,
And our fears are running rampant, and a maelstrom is assured,
Let’s be ready to combat it with this wondrous power within,
And use our inbuilt soothing system so that healing can begin.
© Corinne Shields, 2017
If you enjoyed, “OUR INBUILT SOOTHING SYSTEM” please pass it on, and do leave your comments. I would love to hear from you.
And just before you go …..
Learning about self compassion is a wonderful thing. It can be a real revelation, this realisation that there is another way to live our lives. We don’t always have to be fighting, fleeing, achieving. We can live in a more peaceful way, we can inhabit a different world within.
Like anything else though, if we want to make changes we are going to have to make an effort. We are going to have to seek out teachers, resources, to help us. Fortunately there is a mass of wonderful stuff at a click of the finger. That is what is so great about living in this day and age. New Technology makes it all possible, right here, right now.
Why not do yourself a favour, just type “self compassion” into the search bar and see where it takes you. Start your own journey.
How about YOU?
What can YOU do just for today to ACTivate your life? What can YOU do just for today to add some Compassion, some Kindness, into your life?
Just for today I will ………………………
If you have read this far, please do leave your comments. How is ACT helping you? Is Compassion part of your life?
I am a student of ACT, I am learning about Compassion. I am on a journey. I would love you to join me.
With all good wishes