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  1. Carmen Waterman (@Ca
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    I love this picture of you and I agree it is also precious because you are practising self care and compassion. Chronic illnesses rob us of so many things and it often doesn't let us see ourselves with love and to recognize the beauty and gift we are to the world. You are beautiful and make my life worth living. I love you!

    • Jane Waterman
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      Namaste – I love you so very much for all the good things you have nurtured in me. <3

  2. Amy Clifton
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    Thank you once again for your post. I still struggle with accepting and loving my body which has changed so much since I got sick. You have reminded me to practice more honestly at being compassionate with myself.

    • Jane Waterman
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      Hello Amy,

      I understand your struggles so well. I can tell you that since I started practising self-compassion my attitudes toward myself have softened and become so much kinder. The key word is practising. I still have days when I become mean to myself, but that's okay: I just have to remind myself to practise again. It takes time, but we are most worthy of our own kindness and love.

      One of the books that helped me a lot with this is Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach. She talks about the trance of unworthiness, where we get so caught up with the fact that "something is wrong with me". I know I have always felt that throughout my life. It's only relatively recently that I find myself thinking, "I am okay as I am." It's hard work rewriting those tapes!

      Many blessings,

      Jane

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