Sunday, January 4, 2015


This month I will be working on self-compassion.

The easiest way to explain it is: I will talk to myself the same way I talk to the people I love.

When I first tried to work on this last year, it was really hard. I tried to think of nice things to say to myself, and everything I would try to say would turn into advice or direction-giving. It was really hard! I've had a little bit of practice since then, but am excited to become more consistent and genuine with it this month.

At first I was hesitant to work on this, because it sounded so selfish, and I have issues about selfishness. As I've read the research and thought about it more, I've realized self-compassion is not a selfish thing. It just means we don't treat ourselves like an enemy. It doesn't mean we put ourselves and our needs far above everybody else's and tune out of their lives. It just means that we don't attack ourselves, especially in moments of weakness.

If we consider ourselves to be our own friend, we should talk to ourselves as a friend. If we consider ourselves an enemy, well didn't Jesus Christ say to love our enemies?

Self-compassion does not mean we take more and more time to ourselves. It just means that the time that we do spend with ourselves doesn't involve verbal abuse from within.

As awkward as it might be, this week when I am tempted to insult myself, I will either say "I've got your back, Ali", give myself a hug (seems silly, but has helped in the past!), or find something else encouraging to say. And I will start my commute every day with the song "I Know Heavenly Father Loves Me." =)

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Love you're idea. Did I ever tell you about my "I love myself revolution" I did before my mission? Something I should probably get back to. It was basically the same idea that you have going on here, I realized that I was always tearing myself down mentally. I had heard in young women's that you can only think one thought at a time, you can go between thoughts very quickly, but you can only have one thought at a time. So when I caught myself starting to have negative self talk I would say outloud, "I love myself!" And physically give myself a hug. My room mates thought I was a little crazy at first, but eventually one of them caught on to it. It really helped me redirect my thoughts from beating myself up. It's not about being selfish, honestly I felt like the more I was nice to myself the more time and energy I had to be nice to others.