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 an act of self-love!
I woke up yesterday with a 3-step tool that I could use with myself and clients to help us forgive.
To start, here’s a quote from Rumi that illustrates my experience doing the three steps – accompanied by an amazing photo by my partner (& blog contributor!), David:
“Listen, open the heart’s window
and keep looking at the Beloved.
The task of love is to open that window
so the heart can be illuminated by His Beauty.
Gaze incessantly at the Beloved’s face.
That is your power, my friend”
So this exercise is only three steps. And it’s an exercise to help you open your heart’s window and look inside to what’s there – no matter what’s going on around you.
I’m going to use my concerns about my move so you can see how it works. (As I wrote about last week, I gave notice at my place and am moving! Without having a clear destination.)
Put the judgment into an “Acceptance Box”. This is a place where you can just be with the judgment. It is what it is.
I have a lot of worry about moving right now. My mind keeps asking questions: Where am I moving to? Will I be moving in with my partner? What do I want next in my life? And probably on a deeper level, will there be a beautiful space for me? Will my prayers be heard?
I am putting all my concerns about my move into this box. I’m doing it as an intention (it’s ok to not know exactly how to do it.) I especially put in my fear that I won’t have a beautiful space to be. It reminds me of a childhood memory where my mom would get sick and I felt there was no space that was safe or beautiful.
Put your hand on your heart. Center yourself in the part of you that knows all is well. That trusts in the goodness of who you are. Accept that you have judgments, that you feel upset in any way. It’s ok.
Here I am writing my blog and doing this! I am breathing into my heart and breathing out of my heart. I am relaxing into the love inside of me. I am just being inside of me. I am more than my body, my feelings, and my mind. I am the incredible presence of love and joy. There’s nothing I need to do except to relax, let go and let God.
Infuse the Acceptance Box with your loving. Imagine that all the judgments, concerns, upsets, etc., are being bathed by the most beautiful pure Light of love. Touch each one of them. This is what forgiveness does too. There are so many ways to forgive.
OK so I infuse all of my questions with the Light. I am pausing with myself so that each one gets my loving attention. I touch that part of me with questions with caring. I see my little girl who just wants reassurance bathed in the purple Light of loving. I am a beautiful space, and I open to the loving of what I am.
Wow, it really works!!!
One hint in this process — allow yourself to open to the love. Pause, listen, and receive. You are incredible and exquisite illumined in beauty.
I am SO SO grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays. I learn so much from you! Here are contributions from this week & some from last week too – they were magnificent:
Etta of Simply Etta D. gave us incredible keys on how to take a leap of faith in your life, and how self-forgiveness can help. Go, Etta – this is wonderful!
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking wrote a poem that is like an ode to joy – the joy of compassion, of healing through forgiveness, and of the experiences that bond us in empathy. Includes sacred photos!
DeB of Roaming Urban Gypsy contributed one of her new acrylic paintings, An Acquired Taste. It’s a BEAUTIFUL depiction of how it’s ok to struggle … and take our time accepting things. Thank you, DeB!
Revived Writer contributed an insightful poem illustrating an openness to forgive, and willingness to forgive yourself for the thing you’re judging in someone else. Very wise!
Miriam of The Shower of Blessings wrote a magnificent tanka on trusting and following our heart’s calling — one step at a time. Gorgeous!
Nikki of A Kinder Way asks a simple question for us to pause and accept what’s going on inside of us when we’re upset – and to open to what really matters. What an incredible, easy tool to forgive!
Ali of Flashlight Batteries gave us a poem on Self-forgiveness, asking whether we can indeed have compassion for ourselves. Just her inquiry opened my heart to such self-beauty!
Pragalbha of Infinite Living shared a beautiful quote, photo and an inquiry on trust. Her willingness to allow, and to let go into something better, is transformative. So full of wisdom!
Remember, you are so beautiful!!!! Whatever is going on for each of us, let’s allow ourselves to receive the blessings of our own loving today. Here’s a recent quote from the Louise Hay Desk Calendar:
I love you.
**This is my contribution to RagTag’s challenge Salvage and Frank’s photo challenge, Wind. Frank, the photo of me and also the one my partner did are the perfect illustration of opening up the window of my heart and allowing love to illumine me. I really needed this today with some concerns about my move. Thank you so much!**
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!