A major goal of recovery from addiction and codependency is changing how we think about ourselves, how we talk to ourselves, and how we feel toward ourselves, and how we treat ourselves. Developing self-love and self-compassion not only increase our self-worth, but also calms us in times of stress and soothes us when we feel overwhelmed, anxious, afraid, guilty, lonely, sad, angry, and hurt. Yet, cultivating compassion and self-love can be baffling and challenging when we haven’t had a nurturing parent or role model, especially if we’re hard on ourselves due to toxic shame.
Practicing this audio meditation can help you manage difficult emotions and develop an attitude of tenderness, acceptance, and self-love and compassion toward yourself. It’s also recommended to do the exercises in the webinar How to Raise Your Self-Esteem and e-book 10 Steps to Self-Esteem: The Ultimate Guide to Stop Self-Criticism.