Self-compassion and its companion, self-lovingkindness are important qualities for full embodiment and erotic aliveness. Our inner critic or even inner self-hatred can create blocks for us to fully inhabit our bodies – blocks to fully feeling whatever is present for us.
Being marginalized in our society, whether it be race, sexuality, gender identity, size, ability, or other reasons, can mean that we are told by society that our bodies aren’t normal, or the optimal model of what bodies should be. And there are impossible standards of beauty that no one can actually reach. All of these processes can lead us to a place of criticism or hatred of our bodies.
How do we overcome this? How can cultivating compassion and lovingkindness for ourselves and our bodies make a difference? How can we use self-compassion to help awaken our erotic lives?
Max will talk about what these qualities are, talk a little about the psychological and neuroscience research that exists about self-compassion, and also introduce some practices for cultivating compassion and lovingkindess towards ourselves.
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