The second activity for cultivating humility from the UC Berkeley article is to practice mindfulness and self-compassion. Having the ability to stay grounded and present in the current situation without having your mind run toward ‘fear’ is an important disciple. Also, the ability to be gentle with oneself – the quieting of the critical voices within – is what self-compassion is all about. The little mantra I came up with for this second step is, “I’m okay.” No matter what is going on, simply repeating “I’m okay” may help lower the inner anxiety.
So far we have “I’m sorry” and “I’m okay.” Tomorrow will finish the contemplative triptych.