This is my meditation today as I ponder the idea of forgiveness and forgiving.
I realize that forgiving yourself is a good start. Forgive yourself all transgressions knowing they are forgiven. Forgive yourself for those things that always make you feel “woulda, coulda, shoulda” and just recognize your life as everything it was, experiences experienced (and no two are ever quite alike). Forgive yourself for those things done, and make it a better world by forgiving others for their humanness, too.
To fully realize the amazing power of forgiveness, you must also be a bearer of forgiveness. Forgiving those “criminals” (psychological, spiritual, et al) of the worst crimes against you and others is the hardest thing to do.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
I believe those words from the Mahatma also pertain to the self. One cannot truly forgive with full effect until they feel their own forgiveness wash over them at the deepest level. Think about what it would feel like to have all the guilt lifted away from every cell that ever was and having it replaced with love. That is what forgiveness is – love being set free.
“You may say I’m a dreamer
but I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one”
– John Lennon