122. Self-Compassion III

What are the elements of self-compassion?

  1. Self-talk. When we talk to ourselves in our minds, instead of being negative, critical, and judgmental, we are supportive of ourselves. “I made some mistakes in my past, but this is a new day and I choose to think not what I have been but what I will be; not what I can’t do but what I can do.”
  2. Acceptance. All people have shortcomings, failures, mistakes, and feelings of inadequacy. “I am yet another imperfect human being, and I will treat myself with the same care and concern that I treat my family and friends.”
  3. Positioning. “I am not my failures and mistakes. I am not a victim of my circumstances and my horrid past. I am a child of God and my worth comes from identifying with Him.”

You can draw a line in the sand and tell yourself that up to this day you have been hard on yourself and unforgiving, but from this time on, you will be compassionate to yourself and live a new life free of recrimination and fear. You can do it. I did, and this thinking brought me out of the black box of depression and into a new life of peace and restfulness. 

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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