Are you familiar with moments when words said to someone are in fact words meant for yourself?
I had such a moment the other day when I replied to a friend: "I don't know the answer to your question. What I know is that, if I were you, I'd start with talking to yourself in a more gentle way."
Oh my, somehow I had just said out loud what had somehow, unconsciously, been bothering me for some time. Something that I want to do consciously now:
Be gentle with myself (accept my way and my pace).
Be gentle with my thoughts (not brush them aside as if they were toxic or something)
Be gentle with what I think of my body.
It's high time to start treating myself (my thoughts, my body, my soul) the way I try to treat the others:
gently, respectfully, lovingly.