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 – or it can even be something you’d LIKE to let go of. e.g.: write your experience, share a poem or photo, do a video, and/or forgive yourself or someone else. 🙂 I look forward to see what you do!
On Monday, I fell out of my bed. Can you imagine doing this? It was a shock, because I was in a deep sleep, and it was restless.
When I realized what had happened, the first thing I did was cry. 🙂 Then, I put my hand on my heart automatically, and I said “Everything is ok. You’re ok.” in such a compassionate way. I got myself back into bed and simply repeated that phrase over and over.
My voice was so soothing. I rested more, and I held myself. I told myself it could have been so much worse (I knew I hadn’t seriously hurt myself). God, I was so naturally centered in the caring within me. My sense is that all of the forgiveness practice I do regularly is what helped me to move into this nurturance so easily.
When I got up, I confirmed that only my rib was bruised from falling on the edge of the computer. And, I changed my whole week. I’d been planning to do so much, and I was tired and unable to move easily. I slept a lot, and I needed to do things more slowly.
As I did this, I experienced a deeper reverence and awareness for each action I took. For example, when I visited one of your blog posts, I REALLY took in the beauty of you. I realized I had been going really fast for months now. I moved, I traveled to two countries, I expanded in my coaching.
And this week, I gave myself a sacred space to relax, integrate and take stock. I looked around my new home and paid attention to what it’s like to be here. I asked questions about where I am in my life and what I may want to let go of. I practiced Self-forgiveness.
Honestly, I don’t know a number of things in my life still. My home, relationship, work … And I am ok with that, because I am being good to myself and grateful for all of it. Each moment is a blessed, precious part of life.
However you do it today, I encourage you to speak kind words to yourself. To forgive yourself if you find yourself in judgment. To soothe yourself and simply say, “Everything is ok.” Open to what happens when you do that.
When I was in Israel, I watched hundreds if not thousands of people pray at the Western Wall. I wonder if a part of them simply wanted a compassionate presence to hear their prayers.
I love you.
ps – I did a video on being the soothing voice of forgiveness for ourselves, if it’s helpful. Watch here:
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 and some from last week too – they were magnificent:
Etta of Simply Etta D. shared her reflections on her relationship with her father, and how she handled it when he passed into Spirit. It’s so important to express what’s going on inside. This is a key to forgiveness!
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking wrote a poem on how forgiveness helps us open to the sweet tenderness of who we truly are, and how distractions can never keep us from this. Really gorgeous!
Pragalbha of Infinite Living gave a wonderful encouragement for each of us to choose love, forgiveness and acceptance for ourselves and others, no matter how people behave toward you. Includes a Kauai photo from her husband!
Revived Writer wrote a gorgeous poem on the winding road of forgiveness. It’s so important to keep going even when it feels hard. Great work!
Emily of Zombie Flamingos took a host of photos at different shutter speeds. What’s especially courageous is that she took all the photos in one go and did something new outside of her comfort zone. Way to go Emily!
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!