Use empathy as a way of practicing compassion in dificult situations, or at times you feel utterly wronged. Listen deeply to how the other person is feeling, try to see things from their perspective and do your best to understand. You may realise you have made someone else feel that way in the past, too. Nobody’s perfect, right?
Practice self-compassion as you support yourself to let go. What’s done is done and ruminating on the matter is keeping you stuck in that moment, which you wouldn’t recommend a friend should do. Instead, gently ask yourself: 'What do I need right now to help me move forward?' and take steps to meet your needs.
If you’re feeling overcome with resentment, take this opportunity to better understand yourself. Allow yourself to be with whatever it is you are feeling, without blaming others, or yourself, for what arises. Sit with it as you let it unfold and eventually melt away, soothing yourself with the knowledge that it will pass in time, and ultimately you’re in control of how you feel, not the other way around.
Give loving-kindness (metta bhavana) meditation a try. It will help to boost your wellbeing and strengthen your compassion ahead of time – empowering you to choose love and acceptance more easily. By working on your inner peace, you’ll nd it much easier to stay balanced in potentially stressful situations involving other people.