“Be gentle on your soul.”
Those words were written years ago by my boss, inside a beautiful journal she’d given me as a going away gift.
I was quitting my job to move half way across the world — from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Edinburgh, Scotland — to start a new life.
I was young and full of hope.
Not to mention anxiety…about taking such a huge leap into the great unknown.
So I’ve never forgotten how wonderful it felt to read “be gentle on your soul” for the very first time.
Those words resonated with me deeply.
They gave me the permission (I unknowingly craved) to treat myself more kindly, as I moved into a new chapter of my life.
Over the years, I’ve gifted those same words to others.
Whenever I hear a friend or client start to beat up on herself I’ll say:
“Be gentle on your soul”.
It feels good to give her the same gift of self-compassion I’d received from my boss all those years ago.
She understood, long before I ever did, how critical we are of ourselves. And how powerful self-compassion can be.
It helps improve our self-esteem and emotional well-being.
And creates a beautiful ripple effect on our world as a whole.
Because the more kindness you give to yourself, the more you have for others.
It’s win-win for everyone.
Since receiving that journal over two decades ago, I’ve become a huge self-compassion advocate.
In my own life.
And in the lives of my clients.
Here are some of the ways you can nurture more self-compassion in your own life:
- Journaling or writing yourself a love letter
- Practicing Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) tapping
- Speaking to yourself like you would a best friend
- Creating self-care rituals
- Tuning into and trusting your own inner voice
- Doing more of what you love (and less of what you don’t)
- Listening to inspiring music, podcasts, and meditations
That’s why today, on Valentine’s Day, I’d like to give you a free gift…
My guided self-love meditation.
Because no matter what your relationship status is (married, partnered, separated, divorced, widowed, single) I believe we could all use a little extra dose of self-compassion and self-love!
And because the most important relationship you’ll ever have, is the one between you and you.
I hope, whatever you’re doing today, you’ll take a moment and remind yourself that you are worthy of so much love.
Simply because you’re YOU.
Happy Valentine’s Day!