I forgot to be kind to myself but art helps me remember
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Lessons for me, have always been best solidified through artwork, a visual memory that encapsulates beauty, something worth being reminded of. The lesson I want to highlight is that of self-compassion or medkänsla in Swedish. If you aren’t sure what this entails (like I didn’t, not too long ago) it is a practice of being kind to yourself. It is an element of our psyche which can be the difference between hopelessness and happiness. This piece of art is a way to remember to be kind to ourselves. A visual reminder that supports any practice of self-compassion.
- You’re rushing through the day, this morning seems so long ago. Pause and regroup, just put down the thing you are doing and stop. This will take practice.
- Turn your awareness inwards and listen to the dialogue in your head. Notice the phrases or the speed of the thoughts, how do they sound?
- With compassion, build an understanding of the thoughts and yourself. It might take one brick at a time, but just try because one drop of kindness is all you need right now. Think more understanding, and less judgment.
- Like you would for a child, think of what basic need can you give to yourself right now? Prioritise that gift, and do it immediately. Such as confirmations or taking a walk, by doing this you will not only feel better in the short term but also build a new trust with yourself.
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