Self-Compassion Prayer

    Once again I found myself talking my friend off the proverbial ledge. We often remark that he needs to learn a self-calming strategy; he hasn’t. When you find yourself out of sorts with yourself and about to angrily snarl at yourself, take a pause and offer a prayer of grace to yourself.

    Put your hands on your heart and prayerfully say to yourself:
    May I know/experience God’s rest.
    May I know/experience God’s tenderness.
    May I know/experience God’s love.

And this is a prayer for more than just wishful thinking .You are asking that this be true for yourself. When you finish, consider pausing and pray this prayer of blessing on another: a brother, sister, parent, co-worker. Shower them with God’s love. It will do you both good.