Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Heart of Forgiveness - Living Gandhi's Words

It's highly likely that you are familiar with the famous quote by Gandhi:
"You must be the change that you wish to see in the world."

So, if you want peace, then be a peaceful person, and this will have ripple effects.

It wasn't until yesterday that this quote really hit home and landed with me.  I caught myself becoming emotionally attached to someone else's (repeated) mistake.  It wasn't the end of the world and should have been slightly annoying at best, but I had a real reaction.

Within a few moments, I thought of conversations I'd recently had with others about how I *hate* to make mistakes.  I realized that I pretty much have had a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to me making mistakes, and I have been extending this disfunctionality and intolerance to others.

I feel so much love and compassion in my heart right now for anyone I've gotten upset with over a mistake, and I have set the intention to be more kind and compassionate when people goof up.  I am going to BE the change I wish to see and experience in this world: FORGIVENESS.

I am generating and growing love in my heart to accept myself - even when I make mistakes.

I could get into the long, sad story of how I was a perfectionist child who was terrified of abandonment and rejection so I tried to be "perfect," but that's the old story. As an adult who's had this "aha" moment, I am ready to put on my big girl pants and learn how to love myself - just as I am...even when I make mistakes.

Like my friend Cathy recently said:

Everybody  makes mistakes.
That's why pencils have erasers.
That's why keyboards have delete and backspace keys.
And it's the whole reason that White-Out sells so well.

May you find peace in your heart as you explore forgiving and loving yourself and others and as you discover what is you wish to see in the world and how to go about Being it.

Much love.

Debbie aka Sulilo

Yoga pose to accompany your meditation on this topic:

Recommended Reading:
You Can Heal Your Life

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