Today's experiment is similar to yesterday's.
Today, though, I want you to go to a quiet place, away from other people. Get comfortable, in a chair or on the floor. Whatever works.
For a few minutes, I want you to notice what you're thinking about, especially if it's a thought about you. Notice the stories that you are telling yourself.
Maybe you're thinking back about all the great things you've done. Maybe you're feeling good. Or maybe you're being judgmental of yourself.
I tend to think about things that I'm afraid to do. Or things I wish I could have done differently.
I think most of us tend to be pretty hard on ourselves. Harder, maybe, than we are on other people.
So here's the second part of today's experiment.
Whatever it is that you are afraid of, or that you regret, I want you to imagine that your best friend came to you and told you that he or she is dealing with the issue. This issue is now your best friend's, not yours.
And I want you to think about how you would be with your friend. The love, the caring, the understanding you would have. And now I want you to talk to yourself with the same caring and compassion, the same open gentle heart, that you would use with your best friend.
How does that feel? Can you be a little bit more kind with yourself? Can you forgive?
Can you, just for a moment, act as if you are your own best friend?
Try it and see.
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