We are familiar with the practice of compassion, but what does self-compassion look like?
Self-compassion is the act of giving yourself space. Space to breath, space to experience strong emotions, space to fail. It looks like tenderness and humility. It means not taking yourself so damn seriously.
But self-compassion is a slippery slope.
Are we being tender and humble, or are we closing down and protecting our self? Are we giving ourselves space to work, or are we not engaging for fear of failure? Are we allowing ourselves to be wrong and to not beat ourselves up about it, or are we caught up in how right we really are?
Truly the greatest act of self-compassion that we can enact is to cut through the root of self-grasping. That is a bold act, and one that is simultaneously compassionate for oneself and others.
That is compassion as it abides and manifests.