for someone you care about in the present. Of course this is easier at certain times than at others. With practice you will be able to recognize the thoughts and feelings that bring you down and shift your focus to something that doesn’t leave you with negative or depressed feelings. When this is done from the heart and not just the mind, then you are transforming feelings—not repressing them.
Emotional self-maintenance is an important part of the recovery process. We can save lots of energy with this practice and it can be especially helpful in preventing or softening some of the normal depression that accompanies an emotional setback. With self-compassion and patience, you can emerge from the depths of challenging times with more confidence, especially if you connect with the strength that comes from truly putting your heart into the intention to move forward. When you approach your situation with humility and genuine care, it activates the power of your heart, which quickens your recovery and re-stabilization.