I hope you enjoyed the Christmas and New Year’s festivities.
Here in Panama where families tend to live outside their home more than inside them, New Years was a wonderful example of community and friendship.
At midnight the fireworks begin. There are no government sanction fireworks. Things were conducted in the typical exuberant and chaotic way that make Panama such a fun place to live.
Fireworks are cheap and neighbour competes with neighbor to put on the best show. Which means a 360 degree panorama of fireworks of fireworks lighting the sky.
By the time the fireworks finish the street where I live was filled with people, kids and dogs. My neighbors invited me along as we went down the street shaking hands and hugging
Then it was back to my neighbor’s house for a big feast.
Sitting with my very much appreciated mug of coffee the next morning I reflected on the wonderful opportunity each new year brings to start anew.
Since at the time I was reading The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity: A Simple Guide to Unlimited Abundance, by Edwene Gaines on the section about forgiveness, I thought that would make a good topic for our first newsletter of the New Year.
Why not commit to making this year the year of deep forgiveness. Why carry the hurts and pains , anger and resentment into the New Year?
Sometimes we find it hard to forgive, that we feel justified in our actions, and perhaps we’ve been carry that old grude old with us because we secretly enjoy the attention our hurt and pain brings in the form of sympathy from family and friends.
Give yourself the gift of forgiveness so that you, too may know the great joy that is the result of living without judgement or blame.
Source Edwene Gaines
Some journeys to forgiveness are hard and difficult. I can attest to that from my own experience. And sometimes forgiveness flows through you like a breeze through an open window.
Occasionally it’s not the act that created the bitterness or pain that is the problem. It is instead the habit of holding onto it that needs forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.
Source: Marianne Williamson
A forgiveness practice is never really complete.
Sometimes when we forgive someone for something, something else pops in to fill that space. Sometime we think we’ve managed to finally forgive only to realize later that something still lingers and needs work.
In the exercises I share below I offer suggestion on how to make forgiveness a living breathing practice.
Don’t forget the one person who needs the most forgiveness is the person you see in the mirror every morning when you brush your teeth.
To err is human; to forgive, divine.
Source: Alexander Pope
This is like a cleanse for the soul.
Find a quiet place free of distraction.
Early morning is one of the best times, but anywhere you can fit this into your day.
Close Your Eyes
Take a deep breathe in through your nose, and slowly exhale through your mouth, relaxing your shoulders as you do.
Repeat this two or three times till you feel very relaxed.
Ask: “Who am I meant to forgive?”
Sit quietly and allow whatever happens happen: don’t resist.
As images or thoughts of people or situations pop into your mind say. “You are forgiven. I release this hurt with love and compassion.
“Who do I need forgiveness from?”
Sit quietly and let the images flow. As people or incidences come to you say,
“I am sorry, please forgive me.”
“For what am I to forgive myself?”
Sit quietly and watch for and listen for the messages that flow to you and say:
“I am forgiven”
When you feel a lightness within or a sense of release or calmness you’ve reached a good point to end off.
Take several more deep breaths.
“These things and so much more I release to divine spirit.”
Next week I will offer up the next for exercises. Some are as simple as saying affirmation, others tackle those areas where you are not getting release.
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