Forgiveness Challenge: Day 27
Day 27: Rediscovering your Goodness.
Unforgiving ourselves creates the same harm to our emotional and physical health as unforgiving others.
We choose to be accountable for our wrongdoing without remaining mired in the story of our wrongdoing. None of us is a one-trick pony. We are human beings, both flawed and fabulous, not just liars, adulterers, perpetrators, or betrayers. Rather, we are human beings AND we have lied, cheated, betrayed, and caused harm to others.
We choose to do the work required to transform our harmful pasts into more conscious, peaceful futures. We can develop empathy and compassion for ourselves and for others. We can tell a new story of peaceful interactions and loving connections.
After Mpho led a meditation called “Breathing Compassion,” we were invited to read through the list of things we wish to be forgiven for doing. For each thing, we said aloud, “I forgive myself for …”. What a powerful exercise! I felt like a weight had been lifted from my body and my heart.
Next, we were invited to write a list of all that is good about us. We were encouraged to view ourselves through the eyes of a caring and admiring friend or loved one. A great reminder that we are good and that our good can be nurtured into a larger role in all we do.