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He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is. "Bringing compassion to our suffering is an act of generosity. that we deepen our connection with one another and enter the commons of the soul. . parts of our lives, may help to restore what poet David Whyte calls a state of innocence. He is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is.
I thought maybe he was not very experienced in sex and the few partners he had were into that? He was apologetic and I looked past it. Our relationship was great until the end, like most.
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One day, he asked to have sex and I said I felt tired. He told me I was. He made me feel guilty, like a bad girlfriend for not allowing him access to my body at his will.
I was frustrated and hurt. I finally relented, but I was pissed off. I hastily undressed and we had sex. It lasted under two minutes. When it was over I felt disgusting, and he was smiling and jovial. In that moment I hated him and resented him for being so oblivious to how his actions affected my emotions.
A few hours later, I broke up with him after explaining what was wrong with what he did. I told him I needed him to understand what he did was wrong for the sake of any women he dates in the future. I have forgiven him and we remain friends. Within the past two weeks, I have had two more experiences with this betrayal by self-identified male feminists with two men who are close friends to me.
To everyone around them, they are feminists, outspoken about their politics, critical of outspoken misogynist men, defensive of women. They have no more excuses. They need to know better. A friend and former partner put his hand on the inside of my thigh, and then asked if that was okay.
That order should be reversed.
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Taking a questionable action then asking for forgiveness is viewed as easier than asking for permission for something questionable- and is a huge sign of privilege and power. A friend and partner wanted to have sex and I told him I was tired. Even if I had agreed, out of fear or out of guilt or out of not wanting to argue anymore, he did not get consent. Consent attained through manipulation, through begging, through guilt, through fear, is not consent.
I used to blame myself for being in these situations so often- for trusting self-identifying feminist men and having my trust betrayed.
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I figured, if it keeps happening to me, it is probably my fault. I am putting myself in these situations. Self-compassion gradually becomes one of the basic elements of maturation. We slowly relinquish the harsh program of ridding ourselves of our outcast brothers and sisters for the sake of fitting in; we simply set another place at the table. This is not to say that we do not seek change. Progress is one of our cultures most cherished fictions, but it can do great harm when applied to the life of the soul.
As soon as we are not moving forward or progressing, we feel something is wrong and that we are failing, so we redouble our efforts. What self-compassion offers us is the space and breath to listen and take notice of how our soul is moving in this moment; what it is asking us to pay attention to at this time.
One of the deepest sources of depression for the soul is a diminished range of participation in our life. To be fully alive; that would be the goal. The foundations of self-compassion arise from the fertile ground of belonging.
Belonging confers a feeling of worth and value, which in turn filters into our whole being as a blessing. This gently translates into a relationship with oneself that is respectful and caring.
Herein lies our problem: For many of us, the experience of belonging has been fractured and frustrated.
We often feel as though we are living outside the warmth of a recognizable welcome. In this state of exile and loneliness, we feel unworthy of compassion or kindness.
Nearly everywhere I go to teach, there is an ongoing call for some dressing to heal the wounds around belonging. Fortunately, most every one of us has been able to forge some friendships, small circles of welcome, even if we feel they are provisional.
This can be enough to help stimulate the practice of self-compassion. Usually we feel an immediate opening in our hearts of caring and sympathy towards their pain. Imagine instead, that these dear people in our lives are dwelling inside of us, that the little village in our world has been taken into our hearts. Be compassionate with this suffering part of your life.
Perhaps the Golden Rule needs an addendum: Self-compassion is a fierce and challenging practice. Every day we are asked to sit with pieces of our interior world that lie outside of what we find acceptable and welcome.♡ When you accept, forgive and love, you are happy and you make others happy too ♡ Thích Nhất Hạnh ♡
We must explore our learned responses to our places of suffering and actively engage these pieces of soul life. We have often treated these parts of ourselves with indifference, if not outright contempt. I recently invited a group of men to share in a ritual where we turned towards these outcast parts of our lives with compassion and apology.
The ritual was deceptively simple.