A Forgiveness Practice

Self-Forgiveness Practice

I acknowledge that I was doing the best I could with the knowledge I had.

Even though I think that I could have chosen differently, I recognize that I was blinded by my own attachments and insecurities, even if I am not presently aware of what those particular attachments and insecurities were.

I am not excusing myself for my unskillful behavior, but I am choosing to take myself out of the “bad box” and open my heart of compassion for myself.

I choose to see my experience of this unskillful action as an opportunity to move forward connected to Love.

I am now open to forgiving myself for not meeting my own expectations of perfection or how I “should” behave.

As I learn to see the innocence in myself, I automatically recognize this innocence in others when they act unskillfully.

I acknowledge that I am not defined by my past behavior.

I see this moment as an opportunity to connect to my values and integrity, the Love within me.

With this understanding, I do whatever best awakens me to Love.

Forgiving Others Practice

I acknowledge that _____ was doing the best they could with the knowledge they had.

Even though I think that _____ could have chosen differently, I recognize that they were blinded by their own attachments and insecurities, even if I am not presently aware of what those particular attachments and insecurities were.

I am not excusing _______’s behavior, but I am choosing to take ________ out of the “bad box” and open my heart of compassion for _____________.

I choose to see my experience of ________’s unskillful action as an opportunity to move forward connected to Love.

I am now open to forgiving __________ for not meeting my expectations of perfection or how they “should” behave.

As I learn to see the innocence in myself, I automatically recognize this innocence in others when they act unskillfully.

I acknowledge that__________ is not defined by their past behavior.

I see this moment as an opportunity to connect to my values and integrity, the Love within me.

With this understanding, I do whatever best awakens me to Love.

Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Director, Retreat Facilitator, Psychotherapist www.alovecenteredlife.com

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