EP 13: Compassion

Inspiration from the Couch

Jul 15 2021 • 29 mins

Compassion (and more specifically self-compassion) is THE Secret Sauce in thriving and in living with peace and ease. Join Lucy, Jamie, and Avery as we talk about why compassion is so important, our experiences with compassion, barriers to compassion, and how we can practice integrating self-compassion into our lives.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is compassion? And what is the opposite of compassion? (Spoiler alert: the opposite of compassion is self-judgment/self-aggression!)
  • Principles of compassion
  • Our experiences with compassion
  • Barriers to self-compassion
  • Practices that facilitate compassion

Do try this at home:

  • Try a “Self-Compassion Break” (from Kristin Neff). Repeat these 3 phrases to yourself:
  1. This is a moment of suffering.
  2. Everyone has hardships or suffering in life.
  3. May I accept myself just the way I am.
  • Be on the lookout for your Inner Critic. When you notice it, shift to a voice that you would use with a friend or child.
  • Practice compassion as much as you can. Hands on body. Allow. Soften.


  • Kristin Neff: https://self-compassion.org/
  • Tara Brach’s RAIN meditation: https://www.tarabrach.com/rain/
  • Lucy’s compassion practice: https://drlucysmith.com/mindfulness-practices