Last weeks’ post introduced the first of three ways forgiveness can happen. Forgiving oneself is key to living fully and freely, aligned with one’s true potential in life. The second way involves requesting forgiveness from those that we have consciously or unconsciously hurt. It is essential to acknowledge that mistakes are a natural and normal part of the human experience. We learn through our mistakes and grow through them when we acknowledge the harm that was done, commit to doing the necessary reparation work and also commit to not repeating the mistake again.
Reparation may involve meeting the other person, separation, writing a letter, individual or group therapy, bodywork, and even meaningful volunteer activities that uplift one’s sense of self-worth. Shifting to generosity and goodwill in the community is tremendously powerful and healing, allowing revitalization of one’s essential spirit!