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Self-compassion, self-empathy, and acceptance

NVC and Self-Compassion

For the month of December commit to a practice of offering compassion, empathy, and acceptance to yourself. Extend the same kindness and care that you might offer a friend to yourself. Even a single moment of self-care can impact your well-being. So imagine the potential impact of regularly practicing self-compassion, self-empathy, and acceptance.

The work of self-compassion is not about getting better. This implies judgment about the experience. Instead of immediately acting to make a change, listen as Robert suggests practicing unconditional self-acceptance through spacious presence to our inner experience. 

Mary offers two self-empathy exercises: I Love It When, and What Do I Want / Why Do I Want It. These exercises will help you deepen your ability to connect with self.

Inbal Kashtan speaks directly to parents about the impact of self-empathy in creating healthy relationships.

Embodying Compassion Exercise

Practice Exercise • 30 minutes • 9/5/2021
Intermediate Skill Level
Practice Exercise
30 minutes
9/5/2021

Grow your compassionate presence with this 3-process exercise. The processes include: Connecting to and feeling the Life Impulse meditation, Creating your own inner space of compassionate presence exercise, and the Compassionately Embracing visualization. These processes will guide you toward deeper self connection and compassionate presence.


Two Self-Empathy Exercises

Video • 44 minutes • 11/18/2018
Beginner Skill Level
Video
44 minutes
11/18/2018

This session is from the NVC Academy's 2017 Telethon. Listen in as Mary offers two experiential self-empathy exercises: I Love It When, and What Do I Want / Why Do I Want It. Deepen your ability to connect with self — novel and effective ways to engage the process of Self-Empathy!


Parenting Series: The Importance of Self-Empathy

Video • 14 minutes • 2005
Intermediate Skill Level
Video
14 minutes
2005

Inbal offers parents and anyone with children in their life a lucid discussion of the important role self-empathy plays in creating healthy, supportive relationships.


Simple Self-Empathy Tools to Help You Enjoy the Holidays

Audio • 39 minutes • 12/2011
Introductory Skill Level
Audio
39 minutes
12/2011

Join CNVC Certified Trainer Mary Mackenzie to learn a few of her tried-and-true simple Self-Empathy techniques, especially focused on the challenges of the holiday season.


How to Stay Calm During a Pandemic (COVID-19)

Article • 5-8 minutes • 03/2020
All Skill Levels
Article
5-8 minutes
03/2020

As social beings we thrive with social contact and community. Thus, with the social isolation and a loss of routine that is happening in the COVD-19 pandemic, there are three critical areas to keep in mind everyday: emotional-physiological regulation, self-empathy for fear and anxiety, and meaningful engagement. 


Accepting What Is

Video • 6 minutes • 06/07/2011
Intermediate Skill Level
Video
6 minutes
06/07/2011

CNVC Certified Trainer Miki Kashtan explains how naturalizing NVC language involves self care and begins with accepting what is true in the moment.


Overcoming Unworthiness to Express Vulnerable Honesty

Audio • 9 minutes • 02/03/2009
Beginner Skill Level
Audio
9 minutes
02/03/2009

Does unworthiness keep you from expressing vulnerably and honestly? Afraid of being "found out?" Join CNVC Certified Trainer Arnina Kashtan as she explores this topic with a workshop participant to discern stories from needs, recognize the tension between self-acceptance and personal development and sit with the discomfort of self-acceptance.


Tips for the Road Series: Tip 22. Lead Yourself with Compassion

Trainer Tip • 3 - 5 minutes • 7/20/2018
Beginner Skill Level
Trainer Tip
3 - 5 minutes
7/20/2018

Eric offers some tips for nurturing and affirming ourselves as a daily practice.