Article Summary By Michael Estlack, Director of Connectivity
According to The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser, self-compassion must precede self-love. You cannot fully love yourself until you can master this. Self-compassion and self-love involve finding your true needs and dismissing any feelings of guilt or shame you feel toward yourself. It’s about learning what makes you unique and allowing yourself to show that off to the world. Embracing every habit and behavior you exhibit. Self-compassion lets you take the first steps to being kind and gentle with yourself and it inevitably becomes the cornerstone of self-love.
Finding self-compassion has many obstacles, though. For instance, when we fall victim to comparison with others, we often get terrible messages about ourselves. Maybe you aren’t as athletic as them or you don’t have the same high cheekbones. Whatever the case, when you compare, you are sure to lose. We have to find a safe place where we can be fine with what we have to offer while not feeling the need to measure ourselves with someone else’s ruler. Such a place may be hard to get to, but the journey there is rich with love and an overall sense of being good enough.
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