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By K’jeni rourke

Self-compassion is a beautiful and under-utilized thing. In a world that trains us to believe we are only as worthy as we prove ourselves to be, or that we can have as much love as we “earn,” going easy on ourselves begins to seem like second nature. In that, however, is the problem itself: we abandon ourselves.

Your problems are not unique. Nor are mine. There’s no right way to do anything. Your weaknesses are likely the “shadow sides” of your strengths and your past is not a liability, it’s part of the adventurous biography of your life. You are not only as talented as you are naturally gifted, and you are not only obligated to stand up for something if it makes you look good to do it. These are some of the most fundamental aspects of what it means to have self-compassion. Here, 12 simple illustrations that explain some others:



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