I have have the privilege of taking a four week class from Wendy Kelly called “You are the Miracle.” This class is about getting in touch with the wisdom of the body, becoming friends with your body, and trusting that your body, when given the time, love and attention it needs, can heal itself.
I have been using muscle testing for years, asking my body what is in its best and highest good. What I am learning most from the class is how to befriend my body and remember that it is my closest ally.
This morning in the NY Times, a blog post called Go easy on Yourself, talks about the importance of having self-compassion. A study on self compassion showed that those who scored high on a self compassion test have less anxiety and depression.
Dr. Kristin Neff created a self compassion website based around her book, and I looked at the self compassion test. I have some work to do. I am harder on myself than I am on anyone around me. I would never talk to others, even my enemies, the way I talk to myself. When I feel inadequate in some way, I usually berate myself for not doing a better job.
I am grateful for Wendy’s class, giving me a chance to focus on and build a better relationship with my body. It is the only body I will ever have, and it has gotten me through some very tough spots. I am working on giving it more credit, being more forgiving, and loving it more and more each day. So how are you with your own self compassion? Does your body feel loved and appreciated?
Below is the first video in a series by Dr. Kristin Neff on self compassion. Enjoy.