Health and Well-Being Month: Week Three – Day Six
Exactly as the title says! Find your passion for compassion!
Be compassionate to yourself throughout the day, and any opportunity you get, spread the compassion to someone else.
Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion. – Jack Kornfield
How do you be compassionate for yourself?
This can be a struggle for some of us. We naturally hold and extend compassion to everyone else, but to ourselves? That can be a daunting task. There are several ways you can ease yourself into giving yourself some compassion.
Affirmations are the practice of positive thinking and self-empowerment. You’re essentially talking to yourself in a loving way to help manifest the life you desire. It can be done! It has been done!
How do they work? Well, that’s where your subconscious mind comes in. (It seems she’s the one we need to persuade!) The affirmations will produce positive images in your mind as you say them, and with constant use, your subconscious will associate those words and images with the positivity you wish to create in your life.
The words you use will create your reality, so it’s wise to pick those words carefully, and say them with faith, love and kindness.
Here are some affirmations you may like to use today:
- I am deserving of love.
- I am loving.
- Today I am filled with energy!
- My potential is unlimited and I am ready to take the next step.
- I am the creator of my life.
- I am blessed to be surrounded by quality family and friends.
- I have the power to manifest my dreams.
- I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible. (This one I stole from this brilliant article 35 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life.)
- I allow happiness into my life.
- Money flows in plentiful supply to me.
- The Universe is on my side and always helps me achieve my desires.
- Each day my body grows stronger.
There are honestly so many affirmations you can use. It’s a case of picking the ones that resonate with you.
How do you use affirmations?
You can either write them down several times a day, say them in front of a mirror, meditate on them. Be sure to write them down and place them somewhere in your home that you will see them. You’ll have a daily reminder to speak to yourself in a positive and loving way at least once a day and that’s a very good start! Perhaps you could even set a daily reminder on your phone if that’s something that works well for you.
This is a daily practice, but it’s one that with consistency, will become a habit.
How can we extend compassion to others?
- We can listen — Don’t listen to reply. Listen to listen. It sounds counterproductive and obvious, but how many of us can say we really listen? We’re usually devising our response well before the previous sentence has ended. Be the set of ears and the shoulder to lean on, not the mouth that opens.
- Give our time — money isn’t as valued as time despite charities constantly asking for money. I know many people who would rather give up their time than their money because they feel they’ve given something far more significant and meaningful than money. Sometimes a half hour chat is enough to see someone through their day.
- Remember the person as a whole not as a series of parts — sometimes parts break, they get a bit rusty and need some TLC. You don’t throw something away because it’s broken or scratched – you get it lovingly repaired. This is the same for those whose hearts are feeling extremely hopeless and disparaged. We all have bad days, and some of us are prone to being negative Nancy’s more than others, but remember that if you’re extending compassion to others then this includes doing it on their bad days. Especially on their bad days. They may have lost sight of their loving and positive qualities, but don’t you lose sight of these. Remind them of those qualities.
Other ways to show compassion could include:
- Volunteering at a local charity
- Giving much needed items to the homeless in your local area
- Provide a place at your dinner table this Xmas for an elderly neighbour
- Pay it forward at a cafe/restaurant
- Give out free hugs
- Pay a random person a compliment
Always choose to be kind. You never know how you might be saving someone.
Be happy. Be you.