1. Compassion

Avoid This Surprisingly Common Recipe for Miserable Life

Lack of compassion for yourself.

Compassion is a leap of faith.

There needs to be no reason or justification for it.

If it’s based on reasons, it becomes a story to defend instead of an opening to experience.

To say you’re compassionate to yourself because: “You had a hard childhood” or “There was nothing you could have done about it” or “You’re a good person.”

Does it help?

What if tomorrow you have different thoughts, such as “I’m a bad person” or “I don’t deserve compassion” or “I could have tried harder”?

Don’t you want your life to become about something other than trying to get away from a big part of yourself: your memories, your feelings, and your thoughts?

I do.

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