What keeps us from being kinder to ourselves?
Most people don’t have any problem with seeing compassion as a good quality. It seems to refer to an amalgam of good things: kindness, enderness, benevolence, understanding, empathy.. along with an impulse to help other beings in distress.
Yongey Mingyur was an extremely anxious child, who suffered from panic attacks. Dedicated to a contemplative life, this Tibetan Buddhist teacher, considered to be “the happiest man in the world” after a study on neuroplasticity in his brain, cured himself by making his fears the focus of his meditation. That,s how he earned his mental peace, he says. This article contains some extracts from the conference he gave in Casa del Tibet in Barcelona. Read more
In the personal growth world, we talk a lot about the importance of self-esteem, emphasizing that it,s healthy to have a positive self-image and learn to value ourselves as we are, as a way to take care of our energy and mood and to encourage self-support, to cope better with the challenges of life. No one disputes its relevance.