Spiritual Practices for Forgiveness
- Meditation: Spend at least 5 minutes twice each day in meditation. Try to meditate using some of the Forgiveness Meditations you experienced in class. If you would like a guided meditation on Forgiveness search on the Internet for Stephan Levine’s Soft Belly Meditation or Metta Meditation (Loving Kindness) for audio version of these meditations.
- Journaling: Try dialogue journaling or journal about any of the Forgiveness questions listed below.
- Prayer: Use Spiritual Mind Treatment template throughout the week. Create affirmative statements to use in the Realization Stage based on the situations you encounter throughout the week.
- Service: If you feel you’ve been wronged, overlooked, or in any way put down this week, look for some small way to be of service to someone else.
- Giving: Check within and see if you are holding back any circulation of your financial good out of fear or anger.
- Study: Commit to come back to class next week.
- Physical Health: Practice the technique presented in the Soft-Belly Meditation this week to begin to release any negative emotions you may have stored in your body.
- Forgiveness: Before you go to bed, forgive yourself for anything/everything you did that day that wasn’t in alignment with the person you want to be. Either write this down in your journal or simply speak it aloud.
Forgiveness Questions: You might choose to take these questions into Meditation or Journal about them throughout the week.
- Do I truly believe that forgiveness is an act of self-love? Why or why not?
- To what extent am I willing to give up the pain of what happened to me?
- Who have I forgiven in the past? What was that process like? How was I changed by it?
- Will the act of forgiveness propel me toward an inspiring future or will it keep me stuck in my past? What does my answer mean to me personally?
- Where do I feel resentment, judgment, or long-standing annoyance?
- Do you see lack in my life? Where do I put the blame for this lack? Where or how is the energy of lack out picturing or reflecting back to me?