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Practicing Kindness Starts with Yourself

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Be the change you want to see in the world" is a quote often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. The actual wording of the quote is inaccurate [1], but the phrase is a good reminder that change often begins within ourselves, and to help us direct our energy to things we can control, rather than being frustrated by and complaining about things outside of our control.  It is through that lens, that you are invited to spend some time on the idea of self-kindness and how the practice can improve our lives.  At its core, self-kindness is treating ourselves with the same care, the same acceptance, and the same nature that we would use for our good friends. 

In the following short video, Kristin Neff, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at University of Texas at Austin, discusses self-kindness; the definition of, the benefits of, and how we can incorporate the practice in our own lives.


[1] What Gandhi actually said is "We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do."


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