“Where you are understood, you are at home.” – John O’Donohue

Where does understanding begin and who does it begin with? We are the only ones who can articulate what is going on in our hearts and our heads.

What do we do with this knowledge? Do we approach ourselves with kindness and tolerance or jump to denial, rejection, and consternation?

Life is hard enough without self-imposed suffering. What if we held ourselves the way we would hold a friend, gently and with good intentions? What if we listened deeply and withheld judgment? Self-compassion helps us walk through our days with patience and care.

Every morning we open our eyes to meet the new day. What will today be like? What awaits? How do we want to show up? Can we meet ourselves in friendship, with a hopeful attitude, and walk gently through the day welcoming it all with an open heart and curiosity?

What would our experience of life be if we adopted this outlook of self-compassion?

During our gathering, we will practice this. We will ask the questions our best friend would ask us and explore the various ways we may be neglecting our deepest needs.

We will practice stillness and listen for the answers … with kindness, patience, and an open heart.

And then we’ll take it from there.

Join me for this month’s gathering
“Befriending Ourselves”

March 1, 2021

07:00 – 08:30 PM EST via Zoom


Payment accepted via Venmo @Yota-Schneider or PayPal.

Prepare by choosing a private space or nook with a comfortable chair, a pillow, and whatever helps you feel warm and cozy. Let people know that you will not be available for approximately an hour and a half. Make a cup of your favorite tea and have your journal or drawing pad and pencils nearby.

I look forward to sharing space with you.