Common Humanity vs. Isolation

 Common Humanity vs. Isolation

Translated, word compassion literally means “to suffer with” which indicates empathy and mutuality in the experience of suffering. For example, grief different people feel when they lose a loved one is the same grief, although the circumstances of grief are different. The core experience of suffering is universal.

However, we often tend to forget that ‘no man is an island’ and that we have a lot in common with others. It is often hard to take the bigger human picture into account when you are in the midst of a painful experience.

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The Difference between Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgement

The Difference between Self-Kindness vs. Self-Judgement

Observing another human being suffering, you will most likely experience compassion for them. You will feel moved by other person’s suffering and compassionately respond to their pain with care and desire to help. Additionally, compassion means understanding others when they make mistakes or even disappoint you rather than skipping to the harsh judgment of their actions (or even worse, their personalities). Compassion means that you are conscious of common humanity, realizing that imperfection and suffering are parts of the shared human experience.

While we often readily offer our compassion to others, we tend to judge and criticize ourselves for the same shortcomings and flaws.

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Thinking and Speaking Your Truth

Thinking and Speaking Your Truth

How many times have you ignored your inner voice and later regretted your decision not to trust your gut? When we encounter stressful situations or need to make decisions, our conscious mind tends to rationalize our choices and usually goes with two options: “do or don’t” and “yes or no”, because this is the easiest solution. Therefore, we often don’t see the middle course of potential creative solutions.

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Body Image Issues

Body Image Issues

It is not easy to nurture self-love and acceptance in the world of idealized media images of pure human perfection we live in today. Our social media is submerged in photos of perfect, flawless faces and tanned, sleek, firm bodies. In light of these unrealistic messages we constantly receive, it is no wonder that an increasing number of people of both sexes struggle with body image issues these days.

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