Kung Fu Panda Self -Compassion

3 Ways Kung Fu Panda 3 Reminded Me About Self-Compassion

I don’t really care for film sequels. I find sequels disastrously disappointing, disengaging and did I say disastrously disappointing.  The reason for this strong belief system…sequels are constantly trying to exploit the original film concept for every last penny. However,  every so often there are exceptions that challenge my thinking, ie The Toystory franchise. Never the less I found myself in the cinema with my family about to be bored into existence watching Kung Fu Panda 3. I kept on thinking, what the heck happened to Kung Fu Panda 2? If Kung Fu Panda 2 wasn’t memorable for me then what the heck am I doing here? Alas it was Mothers day (the one day you are supposed to be a nice mum*) so I thought ok, let’s do this.

I came to the cinema prepared. I ordered my sweet popcorn.  Plus I had enough hydrating beverage to last the film’s duration and was sitting in a comfortable chair, that was actually clean. Kung Fu Panda 3 challenged my thinking, it reminded me that “I am enough” which goes back to self-compassion. If you are unfamiliar with Kristen Neff‘s work on self-compassion then please check out her work on the subject, it is profound.Kung Fu Panda Self -Compassion

So below are 3 Ways Kung Fu Panda reminded me about self-compassion:

  1. Sometimes when we let the comparison monster’s voice get louder than our own voice we start wanting to be like someone else. Mother’s day is a perfect example. We constantly compare our way of being. Have you ever had a point of time when you wanted to become like someone else? Well I have.  So when Shifu says “I’m not trying to turn you into me; I’m trying to turn you into you.” I smiled, knowing that being me is enough. Being you is enough.
  2. When we face new transitions in our life we can become fearful. We become fearful because the path we are about to walk is the unknown. We can counteract that fear by creating a plan.  Creating a plan when we transition will allow us to see growth in our lives. Shifu: If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be better than what you are. This reminded me that I am allowed to have fears. Having a fear about a new path means we are challenging ourselves and taking ourselves to another level. This leads nicely onto…
  3. Shifu: You must take the next step on your journey, from warrior to teacher.Po: But I’m no good at it!Shifu: You’re terrible at it! I have come a long way from wearing nappies, learning how to speak walk and talk. We can make tremendous leaps in our journey of growth. We have done it before and will do it again.

What movie has triggered a reminder how awesome you are? Share


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About the author

Ruth henry-ovid

As a dyspraxic, dyslexic and unofficial autistic woman I find ways to better improve my life and others who make a choice to improve their lives as well. Certified inbound marketer, coach and public speaker. Founder of @tryxavietime and @celebratedhub an avid fan of all things that help people and businesses grow!

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