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Finding a Larger Embrace to Hold Yourself

Some moments in life can bring discomfort. You can begin to feel agitated, weary, alone. The relationship that you have with yourself is the only one that you cannot take a break from. You do not get to walk away. You do not get a day off. You cannot leave when it feels overwhelming.

When you are having a hard time being comfortable with yourself, as all humans experience, create a larger embrace hold you. It is natural and human to want to avoid discomfort. Leaning into discomfort requires courage and vulnerability.


Take a few deep breaths and bring your attention to your body. Notice any areas of tension or discomfort, and allow yourself to relax and release any tension with each exhale.

Bring to mind a situation where you have felt self-judgment or resistance towards yourself. Allow yourself to feel the emotions that arise, without trying to push them away.

Gently say to yourself,

"May I be kind to myself in this moment."

"I am worthy of love and kindness, just as I am."

"I choose to let go of self-criticism and embrace self-compassion"

Imagine a warm and comforting light surrounding you, offering you love and support. Allow yourself to bask in this light and feel its warmth and comfort. Stay here as long as feels comfortable to you.

~This post inspired by Gregory Boyle from his book, The Whole Language.

"Chuy would act out wildly during his time with us, challenging us all to find a larger embrace to hold him."

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