Many people find it easy to have compassion for others. It comes naturally for some people. True compassion is not to be mistaken for pity. Compassion is being willing to be with the pain the other person or animal is feeling as well as being with your own pain in a very present way. Compassion can hurt, yet it is also healing.
The one person that is the most difficult for most people in terms of compassion is his or herself. Why is it so difficult for us to be loving and compassionate toward ourselves? If we can learn how to be gentle, loving, and compassionate for ourselves—unconditionally—we are well on our way to living a life of joy, acceptance, presence, understanding, and inner peace. We are also then able to truly help others find their way to living this kind of life.
Today, please have compassion for yourself, for your fears, for your pain, for your embarrassment, for your feelings of unworthiness, or for whatever is there in the moment. You deserve it as much as anyone else. Be your own unconditional best friend.