Tag: self compassion

Common Humanity

“Do you suffer sometimes, want to be happy, but don’t always know how to make that happen? Congratulations! You’ve just discovered you have something in common with every other person across the world and across history.” * And with this realization we know we…

Bring it Home

Put your hands on your heart and say to yourself, “May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be loved.” …. Repeat four times.*   So often we give to others and tend to them, and also dismiss…

Be Gentle with Yourself

For today and every day. “Be gentle with yourself. Be kind to yourself. You may not be perfect, but you are all you’ve got to work with. The process of becoming who you will be, begins first with the total acceptance of who you…

Listen to the Message of Emotions

Wisdom from Tara Brach for these difficult times. May we listen to our hearts and to our children. 🙏 “I’ve had many waves of anger, fear, and aversion in reaction to the harm being perpetrated in our society. In my own practice, it helps…

Accepting Who You Are

I love this exercise from Steve Flowers and Bob Stahl in “Living with Your Heart Wide Open”. This is a book I’d also recommend for those of you who would like to cultivate more mindfulness and compassion in your lives, while freeing yourselves from…

For Teachers, Mentors, Parents and Guides

Last week before class one of my students said how much she  enjoyed my  blog – not just for the guidance, but to show her that I wasn’t perfect. We laughed 😊 Then she asked “So I have my Val, who is your Val…

* Want to Let Go More?

Some very successful and accomplished people will sometimes ask me – How can I let go more? What do I need to do to be more relaxed? How can I be less impatient? What can I do to be more flexible?…My answer for each…

* Love After Love

These words fill me up with love and gratitude. It’s my pleasure to pass on the goodness from Derek Walcott 💛 “The time will come when, with elation, you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror, and each will smile…

* Inspiration – People are our Teachers

  “If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”    ~ Pema Chodron I was with a group of caring yoga teachers yesterday, and we shared experiences of who showed up in our…

* Having Compassion for Ourselves

“Self-compassion is a way of relating to the ever-changing landscape of who we are with kindness and acceptance—especially when we fail or feel inadequate … Self-compassion requires acknowledging that we share the human condition of imperfection.”   ~ Kristen Neff How many of us learned…

* Silence your Inner Critic by Saying Yes

” Say yes to everything. Reject nothing, least of all something in yourself.” ~ Swami Prajnanpad Say yes to yourself every day. Acknowledge what you are feeling and what is happening in a neutral way. “Yes, I’m nervous.” “Yes, I am struggling.” “Yes, there…

* Inspiration – conflict

“We feel conflict. The conflict we feel is not a problem. It is a messenger. We do not need help; we need only understand that there is no choice in life but to follow the conflict where it takes us. If we are prepared…

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