By Brigitte Shipman | April 23, 2021. | Autism, Mother Guide, Self-Compassion, Self-Love
As Mother’s Day is approaching I have noticed that I personally am in another beautiful life transition. My two sons are grown and living on their own. They will not be celebrating Mother’s Day with me this year. This could be a time of sadness, but I have decided to approach it as an opportunity. An opportunity for growth.
In the past, I have enjoyed celebrating and honoring my mother and grandmother along with celebrating being a mother myself. It has always been about gifts, luncheon, dinners, and family gatherings. I cherish these beautiful memories, but now life has transformed into new traditions and ways to gather.
I have heard that change is certain. We can count on changes in our lives. Some are welcome and some are not. How we shift and move with change is what is essential. I choose to see spending this holiday differently, with joy.
I have decided to dedicate this next year on expanding my self-compassion to a deeper practice. When I was a teacher in the public school system, my intention was to teach the “whole-child.” This meant that when I taught a subject I included lessons, practices, and discussions to encompass the mind, body, and spirit. This idea of deepening my self-compassion will be to include all of me. My whole self. My mind, body, and spirit.
To begin, I want to share what I believe the definition of self-compassion to be. This is my own personal interpretation. It is to show myself more kindness, be kinder to myself. To offer myself more understanding and forgiveness when I do not show up as I have hoped I would. To nurture myself where I need it the most each and everyday. To listen to what my spirit is craving and feed it.
How will I begin my journey of deepening my self-compassion this year?
This feels like a good place to begin. Take a few moments and define in your own words what self-compassion means to you. Then make a short list of how you would like to improve your self-compassion with a short list of intentional goals.
Now, Let’s go a bit deeper with answering these questions:
These reflection questions will offer you a deeper understanding of your own journey of loving yourself. Find a quiet place and take your time answering the reflection questions. My hunch is that you will discover your self-compassion and see it in a totally different way.
Include self-compassion in your day, every day, and notice how you begin to see and receive the world.
I am looking forward to deepening my self-compassion this year. I hope you join me.
Cheers to a year of self-love!
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