Although you may have heard this before, I need you to hear what I am about to say. This is extremely important.
Forgiveness is not about or for the other person or thing.
Forgiveness is about and for you.
|Forgiveness is about and for you.|
"It is in our humility to release the past that we receive the grace to begin again."
"Although there are many venues which lend themselves to an internal washing, writing was the tool which came naturally and comfortably to me. Listening to the thunderous pulse within and waiting for the lightning to signal its urgency, I began to journal sheets and sheets of words as the storms of release moved in. When the pressure mounted and the bulky clouds opened up, the rains of residual anger, sadness, and resentment streamed out of my fingers and onto my paper. With each torrent came the washing away of all the remaining carcasses of grief, shame, and blame. And as the wall of words flowed from my soul to the tips of my fingers, I felt the remnants of the past dissipate and disappear; I felt forgiveness take their place. As each successive storm moved in and then out, the releases came more quickly and more easily as there was less and less brokenness to wash away. By the end of the summer storms, my body stood strong and erect; my mind was lightened and refreshed; and my spirit was poised for renewal."
- Choose a word or phrase that feels safe and comfortable - one that you can connect with.
- Implement a practice(s) that feels natural, meaningful, and purposeful to you (praying, meditating, journaling, etc.)
- Schedule or set aside times for your self-forgiveness. This may sound strange, but we are more likely to do this if we make a commitment to do so, and we plan it into our healing routine.
- Repeat the process, as many times as needed.
- Take time to relish in the renewal that you experience.