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  • Jolene Roehlkepartain

Treating Yourself—and Others—with Extraordinary Kindness

How are you being kind to yourself? To others?

During these extraordinary hard times, it’s essential that we treat ourselves and others with extraordinary kindness. When we give space to listen to each other, we quickly discover the incredible challenges many people face.

Pay attention to your experience—When life overwhelms us, it’s easy to react and not reflect on what’s truly bothering us. Angry? What’s underneath the anger? Sad? What are you grieving?

Notice your assumptions—So many factions have declared war on each other, and we’re quick to jump to conclusions about other people. Slow down. See the humanity in others (especially when they’re behaving badly).

Take breaks—Which healthy actions soothe you? How can you rest and take breaks when it gets to be too…much? How can you pace yourself so that you can avoid getting overwhelmed?

“The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness,” says Henry David Thoreau. That’s true not only for others, but also for ourselves.

Be kind.

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