Deserving or Self-Defeating

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
-The Buddha

What if you are truly deserving of your own love and affection? Sadly, we tend to live our lives like we are our own worst enemy.  Tragically, the truth is that most of our suffering is actually self-inflicted.  We can spend a lifetime wandering in a kind of exile, banished from our own hearts. Then, we wonder why we are so unhappy, unfulfilled, stuck or unproductive.  

As a simple experiment, just spend a few minutes listening to your own self talk?  Are these voices kind or harsh, supportive or critical?  Just stop and listen.  If you are like most of us, the dominant voices in your head tend to be primarily self-defeating.  Be honest, if you spoke to your friends that way, would you still have friends?  Your heart is listening, and the consequences can be tragic.  

Call off the “search” and welcome yourself home through Mindful Self-Compassion, a transformative course designed to cultivate true inner friendship, especially in moments vulnerability, loss, failure or pain, when we need it most.  With Mindful Self-Compassion, you can begin right now, just as you are.  

Together, we’ll learn how to return our hearts to itself.  We will learn real and practical ways to experience the refuge and power of our own tender care, in the way that truly only we can do for ourselves.  No one else can do this for us.   

The Buddha’s wisdom points to a profound paradox – it is only when we begin to befriend ourselves from within that we can truly start to connect and show up in life in our own unique, wholesome and precious way.  I ask you, what could be a better way to start the new year?  

Join Lisa Online for Mindful Self-Compassion for 8 consecutive Thursdays starting Jan 4th, 2024 from 7-9:30pm PT and In-Person at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Mondays at Feb 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2024 from 7-8:30pm PT.  

Lisa Kring is an LCSW (MSW-USC) and is a committed practitioner of Theravada Vipassana mediation for over twenty years. She is a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program and Advanced Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock, and has studied with many teachers over the years, including Dan Siegel, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ven Analayo, Ven Ayya Tathaaloka and Ven Sayadow U Tejaniya, and presently counts Guy Armstrong, as well as Kittisaro and Thanissara, as her guiding teachers…READ MORE
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