In sport, we often strive to be our very best. We seek perfection. And on the path to perfection, we can be incredibly hard on ourselves. Although we feel like striving needs to include harsh criticism, this drive can often result in a tendency to be so focused on the goal that we miss the journey there. Kristin Neff is a researcher who talks about the idea of self-compassion (selfcompassion.org). Self-compassion means treating yourself the way you would treat someone you cared about or asking yourself, “what do I need right now”. Self-compassion includes recognizing when we are struggling with acceptance and not judging, being supportive and understanding to ourselves, and realizing that no one is perfect and in fact we are not alone. If we can learn to be more self-compassionate, we can enjoy the journey and relish in all the incredible moments along the way.
The Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba acknowledges that our offices are situated on Treaty 1 Land, the original lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Ojibway-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
The Treaties made on these territories are respected by all those who work at CSCM. We acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past that were made. In a spirit of collaboration and reconciliation, we dedicate ourselves to continually move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities for ongoing education and learning.
We understand that acknowledging this truth, though important, is only a small part in cultivating the strong relationships we strive to build and maintain with Indigenous communities. We continue to work towards this, with particular attention being paid to the sport specific calls to action #87-91 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We recognize we are not the first to live on this land, and thank these Nations for allowing us access to their land and water.