“Self-compassion allows us to take a look at our reactions, thoughts, and emotions with kindness and honesty. It is only when we recognize and feel our wounds that we can begin to free ourselves of them. Then it is possible to open our hearts to others.” – Radhule Weininger
To love and care for others, we must start by loving and caring for ourselves. This is a take that often gets lost in the cultural conversation about self-care, and it is what makes Radhule Weininger’s book, Heartwork: The Path of Self-Compassion, so important. Combining Buddhist philosophies of mindfulness with Western psychotherapeutic traditions, Heartwork outlines nine practices for opening the heart, and pulling oneself gently out of consuming cycles of self-criticism and negativity. The practices are structured in steps, and are meant to be simple and accessible to busy people. I keep my favorites written on a piece of paper that I carry with me at all times, and return to in moments when I need a reminder to center myself with kind-hearted concern.
Radhule graciously recorded five of her practices from Heartwork for us to share in audio format, so you can turn to them whenever you’d like. We recommend wearing headphones when engaging with the practices for the most holistic experience.
- Loving Awareness Meditation (pg. 43)
- On the Go Version of Loving Awareness Meditation (pg. 44)
- The Heart’s Intention Practice: When I Feel Full of Doubt and Bewildered (pgs. 57, 58)
- Loving-Kindness Practice (pg. 67)
- Self-Compassion Practice (pg. 68)
More practices can be found in the book including, When I Am in a Bad Mood; When I am angry; When There Is Tension and Hurt Between Couples and Pairs; and When I Feel Afraid.
Find information about Heartwork here.