Have you been kind to yourself lately? Explore these mindful guided audio practices from Sharon Salzberg, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer, and Cheryl Jones.
3 Practices to Help You Find Your Strength
1. Open Your Heart with Sharon Salzberg
We tend to show more compassion to others than to ourselves. While it can be easier for us to lend a shoulder or a kind word to a friend, it can be a lot harder to open ourselves up to receiving the same. In this guided meditation, Sharon Salzberg invites us to open our hearts to giving and receiving love and reminds us that there’s nothing special we must do to deserve love—the fact that we simply exist is more than enough.
2. Try a Self-Compassion Break with Kristin Neff and Chris Germer
As much as the good moments are a part of life, so too are the difficult ones—and self-compassion can allow us to soften our approach to difficult events and emotions. While this may seem obvious, it’s so easy to forget. This guided practice from Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer can be a pleasant reminder to apply the three core components of self-compassion—mindfulness, common humanity, and kindness—when life gets rough.
3. Meet Yourself Where You Are Right Now with Cheryl Jones
Mindfulness invites us to appreciate the present moment instead of wishing things were different. This also applies to the way we look at ourselves, including some of the mistakes we’ve made and ways in which we wish we were different. In this meditation practice, Cheryl Jones leads us in a practice to foster self-acceptance and offers a way of learning to work with ourselves, and not on ourselves.
In her forthcoming book, Real Change, Sharon Salzberg explores how nourishing our essential goodness and compassion empowers us to be forces of change that both soften and strengthen us.
Wendy O’Leary offers three gentle practices to touch in with ourselves, finding a strong foundation within a sense of equanimity.