Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for you to let go and forgive. You can do your post ANY DAY this week! Anything that inspires YOU to forgive and choose love – even if you’re struggling. e.g., write a poem, share a quote or video, do an act of kindness, forgive yourself or someone else. 🙂 I look forward to see what you do!
Today’s Forgiving Fridays is Making Peace with My Mind – Part 2!
If you read my post last week, I focused on making peace with my mind as a 7-day experiment. I did one act each day to acknowledge myself (so important) and rated myself on a 1 – 4 “making peace with my mind” scale.
I had so much judgment come up this week! This makes sense, because the mind is where judgment originates — where I make a decision that something is right or wrong, and where my limiting beliefs are.
Even so, I was floored by how much I struggled with myself. Often, I felt like I could barely make it from one minute to the next. Old memories from when I was a kid surfaced, especially how I felt deprived… deprived of love, of attention, of money, and I’m sure more.
What I was reminded is how important it is to be gentle with myself. In the past, when I struggled like I did this week, I may have made my mind wrong. This week, I tried a different approach.
I honored the upset, I took myself in my own arms, and I made it ok. I simply was with myself and gave myself hugs.
This is so helpful! To get to the forgiveness, I started with acceptance, compassion, and relaxing into myself. (There’s a great quote on how Self-forgiveness is the little bell that lets you know the door opened – and that maybe you need to step back and stop pushing. THAT is what I did this past week.)
In the workshops that I do, I talk about how as we take each step, it’s important to pause and make peace with what’s present. In fact, it can be the solid foundation for our next step. Boy I get this on a deeper level now…. each time I paused this week, I added to my own foundation of self-love!
I wrote a poem on Peace to illustrate my experiences. See below. 🙂
My intention is to continue with making peace with my mind — a second 7-day challenge! And this time, each day I plan to do one act of giving to someone as a way to open to peace. Giving opens my heart. And each night, I’ll rate myself on my peace scale and do Self-forgiveness (I’m ready now). Here I am this morning, ready to go, to begin anew this day:
I also want to share with you that I’m considering asking my partner David to contribute to my blog. He’s an amazing photographer and writer, and he also has an incredibly peaceful presence. Here’s a joke he did of me as Mother Teresa!:
More soon with David! Collaborating is new for me, so please send positive vibes.
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 an open and honest exploration of depression and opening to a deep listening of each person’s experience. What a great way to make peace inside!
DeB of Roaming Urban Gypsy contributed a blog post showing the development of her acrylic art painting, plus feeding a neighborhood cat Pat. Creativity and caring – two great keys to forgive!
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking gave us an incredible couplet that illustrates the flow and sacredness of forgiveness. I relaxed and opened up as I read it!
Revived Writer wrote a poem to make peace with her mind this week, reminding herself that love is so close by her always. Thank you – I love this!
Lacey of Big and Pinky Toes does a weekly review each Friday, with lots of creative and nurturing stuff. This week she also highlighted my blog. Thanks Lacey!
Jennie of A Teacher’s Reflections wrote an incredible blog about a Crossing Guard who began engaging kids in dialogue – even the quietest girl responded. He eventually created a list of favorite quotes by the kids. A moving story!
Nikki of A Kinder Way shared a phone app to help you do affirmations with lots of neat features. You can even set it to give you a daily reminder. What a great way to choose love!
Pragalbha of Infinite Living wrote a poem on awakening that reminds us how forgiveness is so key to our dreams coming true. Love this Pragalbha!
Anita of Healing Words shared an affirmation she says before meditating to help her experience inner peace. What a gorgeous prayer of forgiveness!
My Forever Blog shared the importance of forgiveness based on her Christian faith, as well as the relaxing and letting go through prayer. Thank you and welcome!
I’d like to end with a quote from a great book, The Blessings Already Are – it really sums up my post today:
“Manifesting the blessings is not really anything that is complicated or even difficult. Clear out what is not serving you or no longer actively being utilized. Give and share joyously. Receive graciously. Make amends. Adorn yourself first with inner beauty so the outer beauty may benefit from your best intentions.” ~John Morton
I love you.
***This post is my contribution for Frank’s Challenge, New. Frank, I have two new things. First is how when I’m simply with myself in each moment, I make peace with my mind. (And I took a photo of me ready to begin anew today!) Second is that I’m introducing my partner as a possible contributor to my blog – I hope it’s ok to include a fun photo he did this week as well.***
Here is my poem on peace:
Peace, or No Peace?
When I am in
TROUBLE (Oh no)
I can not move, the
freezer in my heart,
or so I think,
doe, a little drop
What? Said the mind.
I do not under-stand.
The doe is not
Mind, I say, come
here. And I hug it,
and it, in-
side itself, relaxes
the doe, it comes,
runs, walks, pauses,
“It was here all
along, only you
could not stop.”
Ah, in that, Be-
Loved (and is it
one or two words?)
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!!