Compassion isn’t a force which can wielded exclusively. To have compassion for ourselves is to have it for others, and vice versa. Compassion entails making space for our own expression and voice, while being sensitive to the feelings of those around us. Being compassionate means sometimes losing our heads, while being empathetic to those within earshot of our indignation. As we learn to love ourselves, we let ourselves more and more off the hook for previously deemed “wrongs” and “imperfections.” But as we relinquish the leash on our own self-expression, we become more sensitive to the voices and needs of others. We become less sorry for who we are, and more endearing to those around us, even if we find ourselves saying “sorry” with greater frequence.

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