Happy New Year!!
For 2019, I’m going to make a change to my blog. I decided to do Forgiving Fridays once a month, instead of every week. Originally, I started Forgiving Fridays to invite each one of us to forgive. To let go of the beliefs and judgments that you place between you and seeing the beauty of your own face….and the face of everyone around you.
Self-forgiveness is one of the greatest keys to making peace with yourself. I hope that #ForgivingFridays has assisted you to experience even a little more of the peace that’s always present. The more you are aware of peace inside, what you see outside becomes beautiful.
Please keep posting for #ForgivingFridays! I’ll share all of your posts on the 1st Friday of the month. They are WONDERFUL. 🙂
Starting this Monday, I’ll be doing another prompt called “Money Mondays”. It’s an opportunity to change your relationship with money and what you want to create in your life. Self-forgiveness is a powerful tool to let go of limiting beliefs that block you from that! More soon.
For today, I invite you to see your own beauty. Isn’t 2019 a great time to REALLY let go of whatever you put in the way of knowing who you are? 🙂 It is for me!! I’m ready and all in!
Here’s a forgiveness exercise for you!
I invite you to ask yourself three questions:
What limiting message(s) did I receive when I was younger that I’m ready to let go of?
What can I do right now to forgive my judgments and get free of the old story?
What’s present for me now? 🙂
Here are my answers:
I woke up this morning thinking about my mom. I saw her go in and out of hospitals with mental illness when I was a kid. Right before my eyes, she would lose it. (I could see her eyes change, it’s like she would get lost.) I thought that she was taking her love away, and that somehow this was my fault. I was so hurt. So for years, I rejected myself and took my own love away from myself, so that no one else could do it first. And I would never again need to experience the hurt I felt in those moments.
I’m aware that I haven’t fully dealt with my hurt toward my mom for not loving me the way I wanted. God that was hard. So once again (because it’s continual practice), I forgive myself for all the judgments I placed… for judging my mom for getting sick in front of my eyes, for judging her as a bad mom. And I forgive myself for judging MYSELF for not wanting to be with the hurt inside of me and for taking my love away.
I’m aware right now of great peace, and the blessing of my mom in my life. She actually loved me very much. She did it her own way and was dealing with her own stuff. I’m learning how to give everyone the freedom to express love however they want – knowing that love is inside of me and is everlasting.
To wrap up, here’s a wonderful Rumi quote for you. In case you can’t read it – I’m still working on my photoshop skills – it’s: “That which God said to the Rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty. / He said to my heart, and made it a thousand times more beautiful.”
Happy New Year everyone!
#FORGIVINGFRIDAYS POSTS FOR THIS WEEK (AND SOME FROM LAST WEEK):
Etta of Simply Etta D. contributed a wonderful invitation to open to the possibilities of 2019 and to use acceptance as a key to change. Go, Etta!
DeB of Roaming Urban Gypsy contributed a beautiful sharing of her experience with letting go of the past and sharing her gifts as an artist. And a great photo of her!!
Frank of Poetry, Short Prose and Walking wrote a poem that expresses such compassion and nurturing for our past hurts …. and the power of forgiveness to open to a future that sings in joy!
Ali of Flashlight Batteries wrote a birthday poem that captures the exquisite grace of this moment and our ability to write our own script. You sure have written one of great love Ali! (Ali writes a birthday poem each year. See last year’s here. J )
Pragalbha of Infinite Living shared her own quote image on how choices are full of wisdom when we work with forgiveness. Thank you Pragalbha – beautiful!
Revived Writer wrote a gorgeous poem illustrating the power of love and peace. They are so much larger than anything that happens in this world!
Miriam of Out An’ About wrote a heartwarming post on anticipating the adventure of life and the year ahead. She invites us to know that something wonderful is waiting for us. Wow!
Kimberlee of Anotetohuguette shared her experience of what it’s like to walk in the stillness and be present with the recent loss of her father. Her courage and willingness to be with herself is incredible – thank you!
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!