Building Compassion Meditations
The following set of meditation practices helps us build the skills of self-compassion and compassion for others. Compassion is a remarkable skill. The science tells us that self-compassion enhances our belief that we can change, motivates us to want to change and spurs us into action to make the change happen.
Self-compassion allows us to have more compassion for others. This allows us to be with others without suffering from empathetic fatigue.
Basic Skills Learned:
- Present moment focused attention.
- Accepting what IS with non-judgement.
- Starting over is OK.
- Practicing being kind and curious to our selves and our experiences.
Extended Skills Learned (based on different types of practices):
- Love, compassion, kindness, gratitude, positive focus, optimistic re-framing of our stories, empathy etc…
Self compassion exercises are a great place to start. Becoming self aware can be challenging. When we uncover our beliefs and hear our thoughts we may not be pleased with what we find. Self compassion allows us to see our challenges as a common human trait allowing us to be kind while we more forward to the place that we want to get to.
The following is a Meditation that teaches the skill to think of ourselves as a positive influence in the world. In this Meditation you are asked to breathe in positive energy from around you and amplify it as you breathe out.
This mantra meditation is designed to help us release the negative judgments we have about ourselves.
This is a meditation based on the traditional loving kindness meditation which allows us to open ourselves up and send good wishes to not only ourselves but others.
This is a traditional meditation that allows us to open ourselves up and send good wishes to ourselves first and then to others.
Many times we see others as different than ourselves. We see differences instead of similarities. This meditation allows us to practice seeing others as JUST LIKE US.
Self-compassion allows us to see our experiences, ourselves and others with greater kindness and curiosity.
This emotions meditation teaches us present moment focus and awareness of our emotions.