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Happy Thanksgiving - Filling Your Cup with Self-Compassion

11/21/22


It is this time of year where we give thanks and honor to those close to us. While this season is meant for us to slow down and cherish quality time with loved ones, it's often the busiest season in our lives and we try to do and be everything for everyone. Emptying our cup to fill all those around us.

As you move through this week and season, my invitation to you is to move with self-compassion. Self-compassion is simply compassion turned inwards. It can feel like a warm embrace with your best friend—but the best friend is you! Think about the comfort and love it creates from within and radiate it. When we truly care for ourselves, it becomes possible to care far more profoundly about others. The more alert and sensitive we are to our own needs, the more loving and generous we can be towards others.


The next time you notice you are under stress or lost in negative self-talk, use this simple self-compassion practice:

  • Take 3-5 deep breaths to slow your mind.

  • From here, wrap your arms around you, holding yourself tight.

  • Gently drop your chin to your chest, and close your eyes.

  • Consider how you are feeling. Know that you are human. And then whisper three kind/sweet phrases to yourself, just like your best friend would!

  • Linger in this space for a while until a smile blooms.

  • And then when you are ready, slowly come out and open your eyes.

  • Move through the rest of your day with your inner joy.

To develop peace with ourselves, it is not just awareness, but a kind and sweet awareness that is needed.


As you break bread with family and friends this Thursday, honor and respect the land that you are on and the Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of the land—bringing understanding of our past and offering hope and peace for our future.


With love and gratitude,

Maheen





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