It’s important to know that some people initially resist the idea of self-compassion, worrying it will lead them to be lazy, self-centered, or unmotivated, or that it is equivalent to self-indulgence or self-pity. Yet, the opposite is true: we can still be self compassionate and make good use of feedback, take responsibility, and acknowledge the need to make changes, without being harsh or demeaning. It really comes down to treating ourselves with the same kindness, understanding, and patience that we would afford another. Not surprisingly, in addition to the benefits mentioned earlier, self-compassion also paves the way for better self-care.
Both the Self-Compassion and Self-Compassion during Sleep programs begin by enlisting the breath and carefully crafted language to facilitate a sense of ease and profound comfort. Mindfulness and hypnotic suggestions woven through the guided imagery help the listener foster feelings of self-kindness, observe difficult situations, thoughts, and emotions from a safe distance, and reframe or release harsh judgments and unreasonable expectations. The imagery also encourages breathing through any negative self talk and accessing one’s inner ally, kind friend, or wise and patient shepherd – even if they have not yet experienced this kind of acceptance from others.
The tracks on the Awake program are set to the lovely music of composer Steven Mark Kohn. Because ocean waves themselves are both trance-inducing and relaxing, and as some prefer not to hear music while falling asleep, the Sleep imagery is set against a background of soothing ocean waves. This can help the listener more rapidly fall into a peaceful slumber. The sleep track also features abundant hypnotic imagery to foster deep and restorative rest, while taming the Inner Critic, and accessing the listener’s wisest, most loving inner champion and guide.