Sep 4, 2011

20 Pondering forgiveness & realizing that it is much easier to theorize, & implicitly more challenging to implement

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Forgiveness, a concept (easy to say) verses practice (hard to do)?
Concept: to forgive, forget, move on. The trouble is with the concept of forgiveness one can pay a whole lot of lip service to the idea, talk righteously about granting absolution, and sermonize to every Tom, Dick, Harry, Larry and John about how people should forgive and forget and just move on. Often one is told by well intentioned loved ones, family and friends to just, “let the past be the past”, “let it go”, “forget about it” without providing the tools by which one can accomplished the act of getting to forgiveness and the implementation of “moving on” as if mouthing the words or going through the motion would solve the core of the issue. Now while there is of some value in these sentiments I dare say that application i.e. putting them into practice. It requires more than lip service in order for one to get to that place. There have to be a willingness to delve into the complexities (hurts, traumas) of whatever issues brought forth the ugliness before forgiveness is even a possibility.
Practice: The practice of forgiveness is complex and harder because it requires more than lip service. It requires commitment to first deal with “SELF”, “Issue(s)” and that is not simple. It is only then the subject of forgiveness can be addressed. When one reaches that place where they are ready to forgive it is liberating and it allows for the exorcist of demons past.
Forgetting: Is it possible to forget? No…., it’s impossible because some of those very experiences shaped and influenced who you have become. You've learnt to see the blessing in the storm and most of all you've learnt how to simply move on and not let that shit own you or weigh you down.
Is forgiveness worth it? Absolutely because you free yourself of the psychological and emotional burden, plus when you forgive it is not for the other it is for the “I”.
I have a question: Who do you need to forgive to release, to be free to realize your excellence?
Think about it, liberate yourself, you deserve to live a life free of oppressive garbage; it’s time to lay down all the excess baggage, it’s time to throw it all away and live. This is your life, TAKE IT BACK!
Mindfulness Thought...
Sometimes the hardest thing to do (although not impossible) is to give oneself the blessing of "self-forgiveness" because of all the internalized "stuff". The act of forgiving oneself ones humanness at times is the ultimate challenge but who can be more deserving?
forgiveness is the light that shows the way to moving forward unencumbered by past hurts and traumas”. D.B.S.Rhapsody©2008/2009/2010/2011

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