In our busy lives, it’s easy to overdo things and feel drained, over it, low on energy and empathy. Especially for those of us who care for others, professionally or personally (or both).
Caring for people, caring for causes, caring for issues and situations can really deplete our energy levels. The drain can become even harder when people we love are having a hard time, are being difficult, or when issues or causes we care about just don’t seem to be improving. When things are tough, our ‘compassion tank’ can empty out and we feel done.
To be honest, that’s how I felt when I sat down to write this week’s newsletter. I have been overdoing things lately, and my body has gently let me know, by sending me feelings of exhaustion and overwhelm. I have listened to these feelings and made some changes to my work to restore a sense of balance.
I also made time to practice my all-time favourite self-compassion meditation, which I call Refilling the Compassion Tank. This is one of the meditations that seriously rocked my world when I found it – it gave me a solid strategy to use to quite literally top up my feelings of self-compassion, empathy, and warmth when I was at the end of my tether.
You see, your tank can empty out, but self-compassion is an infinite resource, always able to be tapped into. It’s there, waiting to fill you up again. It’s so lovely and reassuring to know that you can always go there, find it, and revive.
So I am sharing this lovely meditation here for you, and I hope that you also find it to be an incredible restorative practice. Yes, that’s my voice on the recording – it’s from our UNTRAPPED Masterclass. You’ll need about 12 minutes to sit quietly and enjoy.
May you be safe,
May you be happy,
May you be healthy,
May you ride the waves of your life,
Whatever they may bring.
May you find peace.