Mindfulness for Pain Practice: How Would I Treat a Friend in Pain?

This practice guides you through allowing kind words to land fully in your heart, reminding you that you are worthy of your own love and affection.

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Begin by paying attention to your body, and what sort of posture or stance you might take that would provide some ease and comfort to you while you engage in this short self-compassion practice. Letting go of needing to do this in any particular way, just seeing if you can find a place for your body that facilitates some degree of ease and comfort. Whether it’s sitting, lying down, standing or even slowly walking, if that’s what your body needs in this moment. 

Taking a few moments to allow your attention to settle, allowing the eyes to close or your gaze to soften. Perhaps taking a few slow, deep mindful breaths to settle the body and the mind. And then allowing the breath to slowly find its own rate and rhythm. Maybe taking a moment to place a hand over your heart and feel the warmth and kindness of your own touch, a gentle reminder that you, too, are worthy of your own kindness and attention. Allow yourself to fully receive this kind and supportive touch and to connect with the part of yourself that simply…