Claiming Compassion…For Yourself

journal with tea and flower pen: Claiming Compassion for Yourself“Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.”

~Susan Sontag

Be compassionate to your healing body, and your loving soul. To do so, to accept it, is the very essence of being human. And by allowing self- compassion, you free yourself from the inevitable exhaustion of straining to escape it.

Pain ebbs and flows. Struggles arise and fall. They needn’t be set upon like they are new projects or obstacles to be broken through.

Sometimes, embracing the reality of a situation is more powerful than trying to escape it. (Click to Tweet!)

Listen to what’s true to you at this moment.

Ask for – and grant yourself – some space.

See what work you can do from the place you are in, right now.

And then, be wholly, emphatically, grateful for it.


Thanks to Nora Ryan for sharing Susan Sontang’s beautiful quote in our Trail Blazers’ café.

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