Happy New Year & Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for you to share about forgiveness & post about it ANY DAY this week! See guidelines below. ❤ You can post whatever inspires YOU to forgive and choose love. Maybe it’s a story, a poem, or a photo or inspiring quote, or you can share qualities to help you forgive like I did.
Today’s Forgiving Fridays is Gratitude & Forgiveness.
As you may know, I have a 3-step tool to help me do forgiveness: (1) Self-forgiveness; (2) Letting Go; and (3) Gratitude.
This morning, I’m aware of how gratitude opens my heart to forgive even more. That sometimes the last step is really the very first one.
I’m grateful for you, my blogging community, for your amazing comments on my blog.
I’m grateful for sitting in this amazing apartment with my new keyboard by my side. (Yippee – lessons starting in February!)
I’m grateful for myself for how much I’ve grown in loving myself.
That last one, I’d like to pause on. To take a moment and be still. To think, years ago I couldn’t bear to sit with my emotions, my thoughts, and my body (and used food and alcohol to prove it).
Now, with Self-forgiveness and meditation, I am experiencing SUCH a deep love for myself. Whether I’m taking a moment of stillness, or “put together” for a day on the town, or being cute, or just plain grouchy. These are all faces of love.
Here’s the key from what I know so far on forgiveness. I forgive myself not so that I can “become better”. I forgive myself so that I can remember who I am. That I am joy, gratitude, peace, compassion. Each of us is the presence of love. No matter what we’ve said, thought, or done.
Here’s the other thing that I know. I thought I needed to love and accept myself first so that I can love and accept others. Now, this may ultimately be true; however, there is not one “tied up in a neat bow” way to forgive and open our hearts. It opens when it opens, and it’s a ride of sweet surrender.
So this day, I’m open to the wisdom of my spiritual heart. I’m open to accepting and loving myself and others. I’m open to speaking kindness, and to take pauses to be still and listen inside – both to what I’m experiencing and to what my heart is calling me to do. I’m open to loving beyond my wildest imagination.
I’m open to not knowing “how” to forgive.
And I forgive. 🙂
I am SO SO grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays. I learn so much from you! Here are this week’s contributions:
Etta of Simply Etta D. gave us a wonderful post (and very sweet photo) with an invitation to open to the gifts of our “soul mates”, the people who recognize and honor the beauty inside of us. Bless you, Etta! ❤
DeBorah of Roaming Urban Gypsy shared two photo collages – one with her smiling and radiant as she nurtures herself and a second to highlight her creativity with her photography (and she’s doing an art show). Good for you, DeB!!
Ali of Flashlight Batteries wrote a gorgeous poem on releasing shame and accepting and loving ourselves exactly as we are. An exquisite way to heal and let go!
Revived Writer gave us a wonderful poem that she wrote to her piano, asking for forgiveness! She is opening to expressing her song, hand in hand with forgiveness. A New Year’s blessing. 🙂
Xenia of Whippet Wisdom shared a tanka and heartwarming video that illustrate how wonderful life is … and includes a joyful set of photos of her dogs, Elvor and Pearl. A must read.
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking contributed a simple and profound one-liner on how we are forgiven and so loved. How incredibly soothing.
Elsie of Ramblings of a Writer shared a unique, creative hakai on how pain can be the key to our freedom, like the Rumi quote, “The moment you accept the troubles you’ve been given, the door will open.” Thank you, Elsie!
Pragalbha of Infinite Living gave us exquisite keys on how to be in a growing relationship and make supportive choices for yourself…. and hold them in a space of loving. Awesome!
Stella of Giggles & Tales contributed a gorgeous invitation to radiate happiness today to all we come across. What a sacred way to live. Thank you, Stella!
And a post I found inspiring given my own journey with my mom: ❤
Miriam of Out an’ About wrote a beautiful blog on how, after her mom’s passing, Miriam used her mum’s cooking pans to create nurturing food for her family – what a demonstration of her loving heart!
I’d like to end with a note on what I did just prior to this experience of gratitude. What I’m doing may be helping me to open to such thankfulness and loving now. It has to do with how I am coming to peace with the person who murdered my mom.
I did a video on it. See below.
I love you.
***This post is my contribution for The Daily Post’s Silence and Frank’s Challenge, Delicious. Frank I am coming into a great experience of the deliciousness of who I am, and the power of simply having an intention to love!***
Here’s the video on my experience with how to forgive the man who killed my mom:
Here are the guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:
- Every day is Friday! Do a post today or anytime this week.
- Be creative – there’s LOTS of space for your expression! Write a poem, take a photo, post a quote, share your story … what opens your heart?
- Include #ForgivingFridays in your tags
- Create a pingback link to this post so I can find you.
- Have fun – you are awesome!!