Compassion is to “suffer with” someone; showing kindness, empathy and understanding. Self-Compassion is when we extend that same kindness & empathy to ourselves when we are suffering. It is acknowledging that “this is really hard right now” and giving yourself permission to feel & seek comfort.
One way that I practice self-compassion in the midst of illness & suffering is to take some slow, deep breaths and say to myself,
“May I know peace,
May I know love,
May I know joy,
May I know grace,
May I know forgiveness,
May I know acceptance.”
All these mercies, God lavishes upon us through the love of Jesus. So, when showing kindness to myself seems impossible, I can remember how God looks at me and my suffering. I accept His compassion and extend it to myself. As a result, it can lower distress and increase my emotional well-being.
Why don’t you give it a go today?