Cultivating Compassion When Things Feel Scary

Are you finding it harder than usual to give others the benefit of the doubt? Are you judging yourself or others for being overly cautious or overly reckless? This is normal. When people feel threatened or afraid, we tend to judge others more harshly.

Fear brings out our self-protective behaviours, for good and bad. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens all of us. We are all afraid and functioning with less information than we want.  We must rely on experts or make decisions that we feel unqualified to make. 

When others make different choices for themselves that we are making, it tempts us to question our assessments and their trustworthiness.

How can we cultivate compassion in these times? 

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