“Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime. It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim—letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” C.R. Strahan
When I began blogging, I made a commitment to post a blog every Friday. This week promised to be a stretch in terms of my availability—and yet it feels important to me to honor my commitment. I have less than an hour to write something coherent and get it posted. Unfortunately, I also have so many big ideas and thoughts stirring in my mind—and more importantly, my heart.
Thus, with this week’s blog, I will share with you two of the themes that are toying with my heart—in the weeks coming, I’ll flush out each concept even more.
Forgiveness: On a long drive this past weekend, I listened to a wonderful Louise Hay Audiotape, in which she discussed the importance of forgiveness to her own experience of healing cancer in her body. Louise had been teaching metaphysics for about three years when she was diagnosed with cancer—and part of her healing was dealing with a long-avoided history of childhood physical and sexual abuse. She got to express long suppressed anger and rage, then she discovered that at the root of her healing was forgiveness for her parents for the abuse they inflicted on her. As many of you may know, Louise healed her body without medical intervention. The takeaway I got was that deep forgiveness is vital to a healing process. All of the other work of healing is important--and forgiveness is key to reclaiming our sense of peace, wholeness. I'm pretty sure that at the root of my healing is forgiveness for myself as well as others. More on that later--though I will say, I'm well on my way in the forgiveness arena.
Gratitude: Gratitude really is right up there with love as far as potency. I’ve recently stepped up my gratitude practice: 1) Every morning when I get up, I express gratitude for all the good in my life and for my life itself; 2) Then, I meditate for 45 minutes; 3) Before I start working, I write down ten things I’m grateful for, and why; and at the end of my day, as I lay in bed, I review my day and express gratitude for everything good that happened. I am also working on being grateful every moment for what I have: my computer, desk, lovely room for working, house, the views out my window, crazy cats that amuse me, the people who showed up during the day, and so much more. This simple practice is phenomenal and is helping me to revel in the good in my life. We really do get to make this choice on how we view our every moment!
Enjoy your week and this early blog!