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How About Making an “Old Year’s Resolution” to Be More Compassionate to Yourself in the New Year?

October 29, 2014

UCSD Center for Mindfulness

steve-hickmanBy Steven Hickman, Psy.D.
Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and Teacher Trainer
Executive Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Perhaps you have seen the clever t-shirt depicting a pirate on his ship exclaiming “The beatings will continue until morale improves!” We tend to laugh at that sentiment because at some point in our lives we have probably found ourselves on the receiving end of that sort of “logic”. And we also laugh because we know it is a ridiculous notion that pummeling someone with negativity will bring about more positivity. It’s like continuing to put your car in reverse in order to move forward.

But consider for a moment where your New Year’s Resolutions come from and see if there are some seeds of this approach in how you treat yourself. Do you look into the mirror and think, “Listen Big Guy, I know you want to lose a few pounds…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lucy Tauber Brysk permalink
    October 29, 2014 2:14 pm

    Is this my homework?

    Lucy Tauber Brysk, MA, CCRA Senior Clinical Research Associate

    4269 Hawk St. San Diego CA 92103 o. 619-546-4269 c. 415-867-5829

  2. October 29, 2014 2:25 pm

    If the resolution fits . . . .

  3. December 14, 2014 9:03 pm

    One must try to be better each year

  4. June 6, 2016 9:31 am

    I have been on this journey for about a year and a half now! I am learning and growing everyday. This has really made me think!

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