I’ve taught mindfulness for years. But recently I attended a workshop on mindfulness thru self-compassion and it really changed my practice. This awareness of kindness and self-compassion can help you dig a bit deeper into stressors and also can really help you use mindfulness with your friends and family.
Mindfulness calls us into this moment. This can be a real relief when this moment is reasonably calm. But in times of high stress or anxiety, we can need more. We can face the voices of judgement and self-criticism in our practice. These times call for great kindness. Extending kindness and compassion to ourselves is sometimes a new skill. But with a bit of practice, we can learn to practice mindfulness to comfort and calm ourselves, building energy and resilience to face life with a smile.