Many of us who have de-converted from Christianity or any form of fundamentalist religion, I suspect, have a very hard time with self-compassion. While we find it easy to offer up a shoulder and a soothing word to others we find it difficult to tell ourselves that it’s okay to be ourselves; that it’s okay that we’ve made mistakes; that it’s okay that we believed a lie.
The following is a TedTalk video tells us why it’s important to go easy on ourselves, probably more important than self-esteem. I found the speaker’s facial expressions a little grating so I went on to other things and just listened and before long I was taken in by her message. For my blog buddies who struggle to offer themselves compassion: