Emotional Safety and Self-Compassion
Self-compassion enhances wellbeing primarily because it
deactivates the threat system
(associated with self-criticism, insecure attachment, and defensiveness)
and activates the self-soothing system
(associated with secure attachment, safety, and the oxytocin-opiate system).
By increasing feelings of safety and interconnectedness
and reducing feelings of threat and isolation
self-compassion fosters greater emotional balance.
Today I will try to treat myself with the same care and kindness
I offer to those I love.