One of the workshops I attended was aptly named "The 10 Permissions". At that point in time, I was in the frame of learning, and not thinking so much about application. And one year later, I realised how these 10 permissions are so applicable to self compassion, and eventually compassion as a whole.
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Expectations, as Shakespeare agrees, are the surest path to disappointment. When I want without expecting, I am able to share responsibility for the outcome, without someone else's ok-ness being on the line. It is so important to recognise that my want does not become an expectation, whether on self or others. The awareness of this fine line to draw, creates all the difference.
I am still learning and practicing these 10 permissions, and as I grow in self compassion, I realise that I also become more able in empathising and demonstrating compassion to the people around me. I am more aware of my triggers, and able to better regulate my thoughts and emotions, and eventually leading towards a happier and more contented life!
What permissions will you choose to give yourself today, or this month? Please share, whether it is from this list, or perhaps, something beyond this! Would really like to hear from you!