God’s love: the source of self-compassion

“Self-compassion allows us to access a safe space of love and belonging in the midst of our imperfection because it is sourced in a Love beyond ourselves.” My own journey toward self-compassion began with a simple observation from a passage of scripture I’ve known for a long time:Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we our … [Read more...]

Self-compassion and authenticity

"If Jesus were with me today, what would he see?  What would he say?"  So often, the poet (Cheryl Lawrie in this case) says it best: ...reluctantly we let go the idea that somehow it was ever going to be perfect - or even wearable in public.... What would my life be like if I just gave up the always illusive goal of trying to “get my act together” and accepted the reality that it’s never “going to be perfect- or even wearable in public?”What if the first step toward living the … [Read more...]


 "How can I learn to forgive myself?  should I?" The more I live, the more I discover the importance of self-compassion.  I have been pondering this for the last year or so, and for me, it’s an ever-expanding field of inquiry.  There is a lot out there in the world of research as well as from the perspective of other faith traditions like Buddhism.  But what does the Christian faith have to say on this topic?  The journey has sparked several questions for me:If the Bible says tha … [Read more...]