We have been working in collaboration with Bath Mind to bring The Cabinet of Compassion out to those who need it every year since 2018. This year however, we’ve had to change things up to be lockdown-compatible, and so during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 we’ve decided to take the Cabinet of Compassion online.
The Cabinet of Compassion is packed full of creative tools to cultivate and encourage self-compassion through creativity, collaboration and connection.
Dr Kristin Neff breaks down Self-compassion into 3 elements:
- Common Humanity
We work with all 3 elements in the Cabinet of Compassion & think about them like this:
Self-compassion is about treating yourself with kindness, care and support and questioning overly judgmental thoughts.
Life can be hard for all of us, and noticing that we share this human experience can connect us in common humanity. By celebrating our imperfections and knowing that we all make mistakes, we can compassionately connect with each other – and give ourselves a break too!
Stepping out of yourself and finding perspective helps to foster compassion. Mindfulness is a hugely useful tool for this.
We use creativity to help people work through all three of these, and connect with their compassion. We will be sharing some Creative Kindness Challenges from inside The Cabinet of Compassion for you to try at home – check out our later posts!