Once we are more self-aware, we begin to realize how judgmental our internal dialogue can be. Self-compassion helps us interrupt the habit of negative self-talk, disempowers our inner critic, and helps us to be gentler with ourselves.
A combination of self-kindness and self-acceptance, self-compassion is not about self-indulgence or self-pity. When you are able to be compassionate to yourself, the precious energy you might have wasted mentally beating yourself up can be channeled more productively. This less judgmental habit of mind begins with ourselves and later is extended to our students, colleagues, friends, and family.