Welcome back to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit. Today we are talking all about Accepting our Common Humanity. You may remember that Kristin Neff was on the podcast (Ep. 87) and she spoke about how Common Humanity is a core component of Mindful Self-Compassion. In that interview, Kristin Neff spoke about how we must notice that we are all in this together. Her description of Common Humanity is that we are never alone because all humans suffer and all humans feel emotions similar to what you are feeling, although it might not have the same content and be experienced from the same source of stress. Kristen Neff also addressed how we should not compare our suffering to that of another. When we do that, we minimize our own suffering and we reject the common humanity that we all experience.
In this episode, my goal was to share with you some of the struggles I have had in accepting my own human-ness. As I have battled multiple medical issues this year, I have had to face my common humanity over and over again. I have had to stare my human-ness in the face, which has been both painful and freeing. I have had to reflect many times on how I am treating myself and how to create a more self-compassionate life that involves me setting realistic expectations for myself, treating myself with love and care when I am not feeling well and being honest with myself about what I can and cannot achieve or do.
This journey of common humanity has been such a huge one for me and one that I hope brings you some awareness or hope. I often hear listeners and members of the CBT School community talk about how hard they are on themselves and how they hold themselves to standards that are impossible and outright cruel. If this resonates with you, this episode is for you.