Here's what self-compassion means: giving yourself permission to feel the way you're feeling and to be imperfect, and *still* be loved and accepted.
Due for some of that kind of love? Read this prayer for self-compassion. It's mercy where you need it most, glue for all your broken pieces.
Tip: reading this prayer at night gives you a chance to reinterpret your day, and yourself, through the lens of compassion. That shift in perspective turns mistakes and heartaches into guides instead of chains. And it feels like sweet relief.
But you can read it whenever you need it, of course.
And if you need a big reminder of who you are, take this poetry print home with you.
“Hold yourself as a mother holds her beloved child.” — Buddha
A Prayer for Self-Compassion
To the life that breathes through me,
May you bear witness to my wounds and all of my broken pieces, and help me to treat even these things with compassion.
When I must face loss, may I feel your tenderness -- the tenderness of my own being. When I hurt, grant me the patience to heal in my own time, my own way. For every frustration and mistake, may I uncover the strength to lean in and listen, and to not turn away.
Have mercy on me when I'm most in need of it.
Help me see that I have nothing lacking in myself, that my very essence is the divinity of unconditional love. Remind me again how to fill my own well with the love I've been looking outside myself for.
Breathe into me the memory of my wholeness, so that I may bear witness to every imperfection with peace and respect.
Through this compassionate awareness, may I see myself more clearly. May I know myself in my entirety.
And then, with a steady gaze, watch as I transform all of my pain into a great river of love. See how I hold both my sorrow and my joy, every dream and fear, in the still-vast ocean of my heart.
See how I expand to encompass every part of myself.
And through this connection to it all -- to all of myself -- may I reach out and touch the pain of those around me, with greater compassion and grace.
May I be the one who pulls others into my love.
Let it be.
May it be so.
And so it is.
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Which part of this prayer did you most need to read today?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know!
And so it is,
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