12-Minute Meditation: Directing Compassion Toward Ourselves

Vinny Ferraro guides a meditation to meet yourself and whatever you're holding in the moment with kindness and understanding.

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Most of the time, we’re our own harshest critics. We strive to hide our flaws and mistakes so we can project a perfect image into the world. With this practice, we choose to instead bring compassion to our imperfections. This shift helps us grow more comfortable with the human difficulties we’ve been desperately trying to avoid—a radical shift that also uncovers the opportunity to develop our inner wisdom and equanimity.

A Meditation for Directing Compassion Toward Ourselves

A 12-Minute Meditation for Directing Compassion Toward Ourselves With Vinny Ferraro

Allow your awareness to turn inward. Soften the gaze. Soften the body. Let’s set the intention to just meet ourselves, and whatever arises, with warmth and affection. Again, I’ll offer a poem. These are the words of Bob Sharples: “Don’t meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself or redeem yourself. Rather do it as an act of love, of deep, warm friendship with yourself. In this way, there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement or the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many…