In this day-long retreat, you will discover how to emerge from a sense of unworthiness and self-blame so you can heal the relationship with yourself. Through the practices of mindful and loving awareness, self-compassion, self-forgiveness and gratitude you will learn how to transform habits of self-limitation into making friends with yourself. Doing so will allow you to feel grounded and strong even in these uncertain times. When you set yourself free at last you will be able to participate courageously and creatively in our world. Developing a deep sense of friendship with yourself will allow you to feel loving and connected as well as meaningfully engaged with others and our world.
The following is the Self-Compassion Inventory we will be using during the day:
- I tend to be gentle towards myself when I feel vulnerable rather than chastising myself as being weak.
- I am giving myself usually the benefit of the doubt rather than beating myself up when I made a mistake.
- In the ground of my being I see myself as a good, likable person rather than feeling that I am generally flawed and unlikable.
- I tend to perceive my experiences as part of the human condition rather than as something that stains and isolates me.
- When things are going badly for me, I see the difficulties as part of the life that everyone experiences rather than that I am a particularly unlucky person.
- I see compassion for myself as connected with the ability to care for another’s suffering, rather than seeing no connection between the two.