Forgive Yourself

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness ~ Steve Maraboli

One of the greatest lessons you can learn is “forgiveness” which can be extremely hard when you may have been physically harmed. Retaliation is a natural response, but if you are to avoid more karma, it’s best to walk away from such temptations.

It takes a strong willpower to keep calm in such circumstances but it simply tells you that every negative action has to be made useful at some time. The Biblical story of Jesus told of “turning the other cheek,” is symbolic of how your aim should be. Keep calm and walk away from the temptation to seek revenge. 1

I want to share with you a snippet of a prayer that I say most nights.

I call now for the Petal of Forgiveness to open in my heart.
I forgive all those who have harmed me (you may name them) in any way and all those who caused me pain, consciously or unconsciously.
I ask to be forgiven by anyone (you may name them) that I have harmed, offended or caused pain to.
And I forgive myself for all my actions and thoughts that are not aligned to unconditional love and divine will.
I pray that one day we may all realize God’s essence within us and remember our promise to the divine plan and to humanity so that we may fulfill this on the earth in loving kindness.

Contributing to #ForgivingFridays, a wonderful blog by Debbie.


1 Mike Quinsey

28 thoughts on “Forgive Yourself

  1. This is so beautiful and your prayer touches my heart. I believe wholeheartedly in forgiveness which requires turning the other cheek at times. But if we learn to do so, we also eliminate a huge burden and potential ailment to ourselves. So even if we struggle to grant someone thus kindness, maybe we can do it for ourselves.

    1. “Keep calm and walk away from temptation to seek revenge” – also really like this quote because it’s so easy to give into Satan’s temptation but when we use the willpower to walk away, we are rewarded.

  2. Oh Bernice, I love this post! Your prayer is beautiful and so full of compassion. I am truly touched. Thank you.

    Can you please add a pingback to my post? That helps me know who contributed to Forgiving Fridays. I’d love to share this great post for my next Forgiving Fridays update. Here’s the link:

    Bernice, I really appreciate your willingness to forgive and your open heart. So glad we’ve connected on wordpress (and very nice to meet you “in person” too).
    Blessings to you, and your family,

    ps – I just shared a quote on Facebook I thought you might like. “We have come into this exquisite world to experience ever and ever more deeply our divine Courage, Freedom, and Light.” ~Hafiz

    1. Hi Bernice! Just shared this wonderful post on my Forgiving Fridays blog for this week. Love and blessings to you …. have a peaceful and restful weekend, Debbie

  3. Learning to forgive others who show no signs of remorse, humility or compassion when they clearly wronged you is a difficult thing to do sometimes, and the temptation to form grudges against them is rather high. It’s only in recent years that I’ve learned to let go of all of that bitterness to free up my heart, and avoid letting it become hardened. Strong post, and beautiful prayer!

    1. Forgiveness takes time. There’s so much layers to it but when the day comes when you’re ready it’ll be easier to forgive everyone else including yourself.

      1. You said it, Bernice. <3 Beautiful. And in the meantime, sooo important to be gentle with ourselves. I'm really focusing on that right now.
        Love and blessings.

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