Self-kindness is one of the hardest characteristics to cultivate. Guilt and shame are some of the feelings along with other harsh, judgmental emotions that keep us from achieving a kindness toward ourselves. It is as though we do not deserve warmheartedness toward ourselves because of something in our past. It is natural that we all want to free ourselves from these limiting beliefs that continually inject poison into our emotional, mental and ultimately physical well-being.
How do we release this harsh criticism of self and allow the lightness of a generous, considerate mindset into our hearts and minds?
Start by choosing to live here and now, not in the past, and fill the present moments with how you wish to feel and live life.┬áLovingly and compassionately release yourself from the bondage of lower emotions toward self and step into love and kindness for yourself in the present moment.
Here is a guided reflective exercise to assist in cultivating love and compassion for yourself.