Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone. Yay!
This is a creative prompt for you to write a post on letting go and forgiving, or what happens when you do that. You can do your post ANY DAY this week!
It can be 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!
First, I want to thank all of you for your well wishes for my travels. I had an amazing trip to Israel and Italy. Today’s post has to do with what I learned as I walked through the experience of Italy, and Florence.
A big part of my trip was sending peace and love to each place I visited. I traveled with a spiritual group whose focus is to bring loving to all they do (pretty cool).
As a benefit of doing this, I had the opportunity to share with a wonderful spiritual mentor of mine, John Morton. I could ask a question that would assist me in letting go of judgment and opening to love more fully. I was surprised with what came out of my mouth – I mostly cried about what it feels like to judge myself. He gave me many tips on how to work with this, and the biggest one that I experienced was a great acceptance of the part of me that reminded me of my mom.
My mom was mentally ill. She went in and out of hospitals when I was growing up. As I saw her not taking care of herself, it looked to me like she unraveled in front of my very eyes. Since that time, I pushed down any part of me that reminded me of her, i.e., no way would I be sensitive, creative, emotional, etc….. A part of my healing with Self-forgiveness has been to reclaim each of these aspects of my personality.
And being in Italy, doing this peace work, I opened up to a part of my past where I still wasn’t at peace.
I am so grateful for this. I have so much to smile about, because what happened after I talked with John is a deep acceptance of myself — I had been afraid to express myself spontaneously, because what if I lost control and got sick like my mom?
I can’t really describe the level of acceptance I experience right now. I can tell you that I am much more present to the place inside of me bigger than anything in this world. I am more available to listen to myself, to say what’s on my mind, and to reassure myself when I feel a little crazy. In this is such deep peace.
Here’s a photo that my partner David took in Amalfi the morning after I shared, plus a poem I wrote right before arriving in Italy. Amazing!
Photo credit: David Sand via msia.org
“Surrender Unto Love”
And in the
All things For-
The Love of
I work with clients on the importance of acceptance as a first key step to forgiveness. I got a big lesson in that during this trip. 🙂
After the group trip was done, my partner David and I went on to Florence for a few days. It was wonderful! One of my favorite places we went to was the Church of Santo Spirito. There, we saw a cross that Michelangelo made for the church leaders in gratitude for letting him use the cadavers to practice sculpting! What moved me most (besides how cool and offbeat this was!) is how Michelangelo would do whatever he needed to do to express the truth of his love.
I am like that too. I will do whatever it takes to express the truth of my love, including looking at, accepting, and embracing all of the parts of my consciousness I had previously denied. And to let go of anything that is not love.
Rumi talks about there being a field of love beyond “right-doing” and “wrong-doing” —- I am aware that in this field, it doesn’t matter who’s on first, because in this field, ALL the parts of me are home. I have had a most beautiful glimpse on this trip of what it’s like to live from this awareness.
Here’s a photo of me at the Church of Santo Spirito after we saw Michelangelo’s cross:
However you can today, I invite you to accept yourself, to give yourself the freedom to listen to yourself – even the parts that you haven’t really wanted to. This is a part of love, of forgiveness.
Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! I love you.
I am SO SO grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays. I learn so much from you! Here are contributions from the time I was on vacation – they were magnificent:
Etta of Simply Etta D. shared her wisdom each week while I was away:
(1) awesome tips not to take life too seriously (so funny!),
(2) great & practical guidance based on her life lessons,
(3) easy techniques to live our dreams and be who we truly are (with a powerful quote by Steve Jobs), and
(4) a sharing on how to set boundaries and trust our instincts to take care of ourselves.
DeB of Roaming Urban Gypsy contributed two posts – a great photo collage of her trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, plus her artwork illustrating the transformation that takes place when we’re creative – plus a song by Patti LaBelle to celebrate!
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking gave us two poems, one that illustrates the walk of life each of us takes, forgiving all, and entering into the Light that was present all along & a second on the dance of forgiveness that lifts despair and brings in healing joy. Great photos too!
Kathy of KE Garland wrote 3 fantastic nuggets of wisdom from her grannie – including an excellent tip on how to do what works for you in your daily life. Full of grandmothery love and grit!
AmyRose of Petals Unfolding contributed a beautiful sharing on teaching herself how to be honest and intimate with herself and others. So courageous. Her first post for Forgiving Fridays – welcome!
Here are the guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:
- Every day is Friday! Do a post today or anytime this week.
- Be creative with 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!