Kindness. It can be a one-way street.
Whenever I ask someone, “Are you kind?” they most often say, “Yes, of course!”
But when I follow that with, "And are you kind to yourself?" - they have to pause for a moment to think, and quite often they tell me they’re not even sure what that would feel like.
Battling on…. is not being kind to yourself
The trouble is that when we can get into the habit of struggling on because we're operating from the I MUST BE STRONG belief.
When we view life through this lens, self-kindness is left by the wayside. We’re so busy firefighting problem after problem; it’s as though we’re wearing self-kindness blinkers - and so we simply forget that it's ok to take the easier path.
From the very moment you even consider how you could be kinder to yourself, you’ll be connecting with an infallible strength. It’s the strength that comes from the power of love.
Self-kindness brings Real Strength
If you’ve been spending your life in struggle mode, it’s easy to think that that’s what strength is all about— enduring hardship in the face of difficulty.
But that’s not real strength: it’s suffering. It keeps you stuck in your problems instead of helping you move forward.
Yet, from the very moment you even consider how you could be kinder to yourself, you’ll be connecting with an infallible strength. It’s the strength that comes from the power of love.
So today, try taking the approach of kindness to self, instead of harshness to self, and see how your life begins to change for the better
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