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  • Writer's pictureLauren L. Murphy

Thin Space No. 20: Worthy of Gentleness

The Question

Do you find it easy or difficult to be compassionate toward yourself?


The Intention



The Meditative Moment

When others need compassion, we rarely hesitate. A donation? A kind word? A hug? Shared tears? Done, done, done, and done. And yet, when we need compassion, we struggle to ask for it, let alone give it to ourselves. Notice when you’re demanding more of yourself than you’d demand of someone else today. Holding ourselves accountable is one thing. Beating ourselves up for needing tenderness is another. When you notice yourself doing the latter, take those hands to your heart and take some deep breaths. Slow it down. You are worthy of gentleness.

Burren, Ireland

Originally sent August 20, 2023, to paid Substack subscribers. If you want to receive current Thin Space reflections, you can start a paid subscription here: You can choose to pay $75/year or $8/month.

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