Self-compassion is acceptance of oneself as you are, both your limitations and marvels.
Self-compassion is treating yourself with warmth, respect and empathy, the way you might treat someone you really love. Imagine you disagree with a close friend or you are disappointed by his or her behavior. You probably don’t outright reject that friend just because you had a disagreement. The compassionate approach would be to respect your friend’s differences, and continue to accept him or her with respect and empathy.
So it is with yourself. You might disappoint yourself sometimes – and if so, I give you a hearty welcome to the human race! – but there’s no use in rejecting yourself and wallowing in shame. This kind of suffering just gets in the way of change.
Self-compassion is essentially a way of living that involves doing what is in your own best interest. Hear me clearly: this is not to be confused with selfishness. Self-compassion allows you to focus on living more effectively by doing what works. Often this means taking better care of your body, being kinder to those you love and generally being a nicer human being.