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Compassion is Always in Fashion - Newsletter Issue #30
August 06, 2013

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

As a group, we overeaters are often perfectionistic, impatient, and very hard on ourselves. Many of us suffer from unrelenting standards. We set the bar so high for ourselves that we cannot possibly meet our expectations, leaving us feeling defeated, defective, and despairing.

We need to soften our standards and expectations a bit, leaving room for being human and fallible, especially when we are trying to learn new ways of living.

Compassion, patience and loving-kindness practice can work wonders for learning to soften our hearts towards ourselves and others. We can start each day by looking in the mirror and telling ourselves, “May you be well. May you be kind. May you be free of pain and self-criticism. May you be free of overeating today.”

Compassion for ourselves means that we fully accept our humanness – each of us is a mixed bag of strengths and weaknesses, light and dark. As we let go of our self-judgments and self-criticism, we are free to fully embrace ourselves, and welcome ourselves back into the circle of our own hearts.

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Reflective Questions
  • How compassionate am I towards my own shortcomings? Am I looking at myself and others through compassionate eyes or critical ones?
  • Has my self-criticism and lack of self-compassion helped or hindered me in my struggles with weight loss and/or emotional eating? What self-judgments and criticisms trigger my overeating the most?
  • What would my life feel and look like without these?
  • Am I willing to let these go and practice a new way? Why not? What am I afraid might happen?

Weekly Affirmations

I am a mixed bag of strengths and weaknesses, light and dark. By embracing them all, I become whole.

I am fallible, human and worthy of love.

I am doing the best I can.

I deserve my love, caring, attention and concern.

I make room for myself in my own heart.

I practice kindness towards myself and others.

I look at myself through loving eyes.

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Many Blessings,


Catherine L. Taylor
How You do Food is How You do Life!

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