Embracing Love and Compassion

How do you embrace love and compassion?  When you have limited or blocked self-love from your heart, you have to slowly learn how to let it reenter your life through love and compassion.

How to: Embrace Love & Compassion

What is the definition of compassion? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of compassion is; sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. But what does that mean exactly? My interpretation of compassion is that you understand and can sympathize someone else’s pain, discomfort, or sadness and know what they’re feeling based on your own conscious. But what does that mean if you lack compassion for yourself? Does it mean that you don’t recognize your own pain, discomfort or sadness? And, if that is the case, how can you regain your own sense of compassion for yourself?

Find Your Sense of Compassion

Here are a few ways that have helped me to find my own sense of compassion:

  1. Forgive yourself. Seems easy enough but it’s harder than you’d think. Just as we learn to forgive others, not for them or to “let them off the hook”, but so you can move forward. What if you apply that same theory to yourself? Forgive yourself so that you can move forward! Once you do that, you’ll see that things seem to feel a bit differently to you.
  2. Do something that makes you happy or makes you feel proud of who you are. For me, it was coloring and exercising. I don’t go all out with the exercise but the more I do it, the more I enjoy it and how it makes me feel. With coloring, it is a way for me to just do something that takes my mind off of my everyday stress. It allows me to be free and creative. It makes me happy.
  3. Try to remember you aren’t the only one.  There are many, many people out there experiencing the same exact thing as you.  I recently bared all when I posted a question in a Facebook Group about anxiety.  I slowly realized that I am not the only one with the same feelings of anxiousness.  I am not alone, and neither are you.

Enjoy the process of finding your own compassion.  It isn’t as terrifying as it seems. Try to keep an open mind, with love in your heart and make a conscious effort to make this amazing change happen.  I promise you, you won’t be sorry you did!  It’s life changing!