Have empathy for yourself.

Empathy’s a tender message. We give one another when we care enough to give someone our full attention.

Don’t you want to give yourself a gift of the same warmhearted attention?

In those moments when you’re squirming in emotional discomforts?

After all, behind emotional discomforts are sensitized feelings that need care and compassion.

Deep beneath unlovability and deprivation lies a pool of profound sadness.

Beneath mistrust and subjugation is smoldering anger. Beneath vulnerability, social exclusion, and abandonment lurk fear.

Anxious, self-doubt drives perfectionism and failure alike. And at the core of entitlement very often lies shame.

Won’t it be good if you can turn your attention inward?

With a warm sensitivity to ask yourself, “What do you need right now?”