A problem that we sometimes face as therapists is that the flow that we’ve cultivated the most is compassion to others. This makes sense of course, given our training and day-to-day job, but sometimes this flow becomes so automatic and comfortable that we end up flowing out too much.
However, a second flow of compassion – receiving compassion from others – can be more tricky. This flow involves being able to seek out and receive compassion from others, but in comparison to the flow of compassion to others, this is often under-practiced and experienced.
But it’s the third flow in particular – self-compassion – that is least familiar and underdeveloped, and consequentially, a block to therapists being able to look after themselves and take breaks.