I followed my pain to its source
And it led me back to myself,
Unknowingly harming my self-worth
With critical, demeaning, bullying words
Tones of disappointment, tinged with guilt
Becoming my own abuser
Through a subconscious inner dialogue.
We cannot begin to heal our wounds
Until we first learn self-compassion
Speaking to ourselves as we would a loved one
Using tones of empowerment, benevolence, calmness
Treating ourselves as we strive to treat others
No longer the enemy of our progress
But a loving support to our own souls.