Tara Brach: “Feeling compassion for ourselves in no way releases us from responsibility for our actions. Rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance.”

How would your life change today if you treated yourself with compassion instead of anger, disappointment, frustration?  If you gave yourself a few moments of understanding, reviewed your current situation, and saw that what you need is to support yourself, get a little creative, and work towards your change with a quiet confidence and determination?

Sit. Take a deep breath. That oxygen will bathe your brain, lower your pulse, and give creativity and clarity a chance to work their magic. It’s still your responsibility; and you’ll figure it out. It might not happen as fast as you’d like, but even small progress is still progress.

Compassion doesn’t mean letting yourself off the hook; it just means putting away the stick. Amazing, truly amazing, outcomes emerge from the spirit of compassion. Not just for others, but for yourself as well.