18 February 2011

Season of Nonviolence – Day 20: Self-Forgiveness

Welcome to Day 20 of the Season of Nonviolence – 64 Days of peaceful wisdom honoring the lives and nonviolent principles of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.

Nonviolence begins with learning how to be less violent and more compassionate towards ourselves. We learn by building the courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence for our own being.


"Forgiveness is not a one-time-only event. It is a process." ~ Rhonda Britten

In retrospect, we are often disappointed with the choices we have made and their consequences in our lives. In order to be at peace with ourselves, it is necessary to forgive ourselves for perceived mistakes we have made. We must recognize that there is great value in the life lessons and we learn from actions and choices that had difficult or painful consequences. In doing this we are able to find new beliefs and intentions that move our lives in a different direction. 

When you judge yourself, you tend to believe that who you are is what you have or don't have. Knowing that who you are is greater than all these things,  forgive yourself for forgetting the good that is in you.

As you find acceptance, love and forgiveness for your own perceived failures, you clear the way to forgive others.

Choose to forgive yourself today. Identify one decision from your past that you continue to regret and begin to forgive yourself for it. Journal about or contemplate this single choice/action and find the ways in which your feelings about it continue to affect your life.

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