First of all, why would we even need compassion for ourselves? Don’t we only need compassion when we are going through a very difficult time in life or are experiencing horrible physical pain?
Yes, compassion is needed in those situations, but those are only the extremes. Why not offer ourselves compassion with any kind of suffering.? You are suffering when you resist what is present in every moment. You are suffering when you are waiting in line and you get angry or irritated. You are suffering when you are sitting in traffic and feel antsy and trapped. In these cases, we direct our anger at the person or car in front of us. We may also get angry at ourselves for not being patient. But the anger at ourselves for feeling this way is just more suffering.