We are often our own worst critics, failing to extend compassion to ourselves when we would easily do so for a loved one. Use this prayer to find your center within God’s compassionate embrace.
God of mercy, I feel so self-critical;
I never seem to do enough, or be enough, to satisfy myself.
Sometimes it is easier to have compassion on everyone else.
Today I ask for the grace to accept myself
as simply a little child in need of love.
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Tenderly speak to yourself the words you need to hear, the way you would speak to a friend.