There is a distinct difference between self-indulgence and self-compassion… However, many of us don’t realize this, and (women especially) deny ourselves both. 

Self-compassion is essentially the practice of treating yourself with the same compassion you would a good friend. The three elements of self-compassion are:
1. Self-kindness vs. Self-judgment 

2. Common humanity vs. Isolation

3. Mindfulness vs. Over-identification 

Dr. Kristin Neff features a self-compassion inventory on her site (in addition to lots and lots of resources and tools…) : 

Go ahead! Test yourself!

My overall score is 2.75. Which means I’m moderately self-compassionate. Not bad considering I have a toxic inner critic;)

What do you think about the concept of self-compassion? Do you believe it to be an essential part of cultivating wholeness and a  continued sense of personal well-being?


3 thoughts on “Self-Compassion

    1. Indeed! The work of Kristin Neff on self-compassion is heavily influenced by Buddhism. But all of the wisdom traditions feature some incarnation of compassion and kindness towards all of humanity:)


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