Posted by Deus Nexus on August 2, 2013
Reposted from: The Healers Journal.
HJ: In the article below, Kristin Neff takes a very thoughtful and non-dualistic approach to a concept that we have always been taught is essential for a happy and successful life — self-esteem. She asks the question, ‘has the process and ideal of cultivating self-esteem simply become another way for us to continue judging ourselves (and ultimately everyone and everything around us) as ‘better than’ or ‘less than’?’
It is an interesting and valid thought that has profound implications for how we view and perceive ourselves — either as whole, in the case of self-compassion, or incomplete or special in the case of self-esteem, which implies a sort of separateness from the world around us and even ourselves. As there truly is no separation that exists outside of the framework of our own distorted perception, then which of the two approaches is more in alignment with the flow and our ultimate happiness? Kristin argues that it is indeed self-compassion — a concept which is revolutionizing how we approach and understand what it means to have self-esteem.
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