Forgiveness allows us to breathe deeply. It is a deep release, unlocking hidden tension and pain. Yet we shy away from forgiving ourself. We hold on to being right. We hold on with dear life to the expectation that we cannot make a mistake. When we do, and we make many mistakes, we cannot forgive ourself. We even beat ourself up. We hide it from others. Why! We all make mistakes. It is part of being human and being alive. In a culture of perfection, there is no room for error. No room for forgiveness. It is seen as a sign of weakness. So, out with the old, and in with the new. Forgiveness requires courage and strength to face up to our walled-off hurts, and be free. Break down the walls and forgive. Forgive yourself. Forgive others.
We often hold ourself to unrealistic high standards. If we’ve done 10 things (actually hundreds or even thousands!) in a day, and feel good about the 8, what do we remember and ponder over at […]
We are continuing our journey through this classic short text written about 1000 years ago on cultivating compassion. Verse 5 from this text, ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa,’ reads: “When others out […]