Self-compassion is a response to our own suffering that elicits concern and tenderness for ourselves.
Self-compassion is a skill that can be learned and involves calming and retraining the mind. Evoking kindness toward ourselves is a proven transformational practice. Empirically supported research has demonstrated that practicing self-compassion changes the brain and is strongly linked to well-being. Cultivating self-compassion improves life satisfaction, fosters greater post-traumatic growth and attachment security, and reduces depression, anxiety, and shame. In addition, self-compassion improves the quality of intimate relationships.
Engaging self-compassionately enhances feelings of safety, allows us to engage with more vulnerability, and supports flexible and adaptive responses.