Showing compassion for ourselves is just as important as showing compassion for others.
“We are the expression of millions of prior circumstances that have all come together to shape us in the present moment. Our economic and social background, our past associations and conversations, and our culture, our family history, our genetics —they’ve all had a profound role in creating the person we are today. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hahn calls this ‘interbeing.’
“If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud there will be no water; without water, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, you cannot make paper. So the cloud is in here. The existence of this page is dependent upon the existence of a cloud. Paper and cloud are so close.”
–from Kristin Neff’s book, Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself