Merriam-Webster’s full definition of Compassion: “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” When we feel compassion for another (rather than pity), it means that we realize that their suffering, failure, and imperfection is part of OUR shared human experience. We try to offer understanding and kindness rather than judgment. Do we try to offer ourselves the same compassion and understanding? Having compassion for ourselves can sometimes feel self-indulgent. Often times it’s easier to extend kindness to others than it is to be kind to ourselves. When we are having a difficult time, think we’ve failed, or notice something we don’t like about ourselves it is an opportunity to practice self-compassion. Instead of ignoring our pain, we stop to tell ourselves “this is really difficult right now, what action can I take to comfort and care for myself in this moment as I would care for someone I love?” It took a very long time for me to learn to care for myself. In fact, I started to practice compassion for myself in the hope that with this daily ritual, maybe my outlook would transform from self-loathing to self-love and self-acceptance. By having compassion for ourselves, we honor and accept our humanness. Accepting ourselves for who we are and where we are right now becomes a springboard for positive action. Our practice of self-compassion begins to fuel who we are. And in doing so, can bring us closer to what we dream.