Learn to love yourself and take on the world
‘Just be kind to yourself, Have a nice bath!’, I’m sure you’ve heard these phrases all before from family and friends but perhaps they’re onto more than you realise. Loving ourselves may seem trite to some, or perhaps even a bit self-indulgent, but in actual fact it’s about actively seeking good health and wellbeing, which in turn benefits all those around us.
Over the last few years there has been an explosion in research around the therapeutic power of self-compassion meditation for people suffering from feelings of low self-worth, burn-out, or a general feeling of unhappiness. It provides a beautiful refuge from our negative self-judgement and teaches us how to be kinder to ourselves and tap into our body’s natural ability to heal and calm itself.
Self-compassion training ultimately starts with mindfulness techniques that teach you how to be more present and gentle on yourself. By learning these healthier ways of relating to yourself in the present moment, you can radically change your overall sense of wellbeing.
And the good news is that it’s quick and easy to learn, and can be practised anytime,
anywhere. So why not treat yourself to the best Valentine’s gift of all?
Kate Mishcon, a local mindfulness coach who specialises in therapeutic meditation
techniques, is offering all Queens Park Folk readers a discount on her private and group classes.
Loving ourselves points us to capacities of resilience, compassion, and understanding within that are simply part of being alive. Sharon Salzberg, The Force of Kindness