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"Our failure to know joy is a direct reflection of our inability to forgive."
- Charlotte Joko Beck
This video is a 10 minute practice to help you begin working softly towards forgiveness, both of others and yourself. Even if you're not yet willing to fully engage in forgiveness work in your life, even if the idea seems out of reach or irritating, practice with this guided meditation can begin to gently open a path towards willingness. That's really all you need to start with - a willingness to become willing to forgive, at some point. That's it. We start where we are.
In the coming posts, I'll share an in-depth, research-based, 9-step approach to working skillfully with forgiveness. Those of you who feel ready can begin working with it directly. Those of you experiencing resistance can remain with this meditation, or simply the daily contemplation and affirmation of your willingness to become willing to forgive, until you feel ready to go deeper.
As with every practice I offer, I highly recommend starting with something small - not the most challenging relationship in your life, not the greatest offense that gnaws at you. Pick a relationship or a situation that needs healing that isn't enormous or traumatic - one that is relatively minor - and start there. Baby steps make for strong legs!
Whichever practice you're working with, know that forgiveness is a process that takes time. Offering a little bit of attention towards a forgiveness practice every day can change your life in ways yet unimaginable. Don't take my word for it, though. Practice, and have your own experience. That's where the magic happens.
Dana Wyss Healing Arts
Breathe deeply, practice often, be well.