A Heart That Forgives

Jack Kornfield tells us that, forgiveness is the capacity to let go, to release the suffering, the sorrows, the burdens of the pains and betrayals of the past, and instead to choose the mystery of love. He says forgiveness shifts us from the small separate sense of ourselves to a capacity to renew, to let go, to live in love.

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is healing, so today I offer you a Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness.

If I have harmed anyone in any way,
either knowingly or unknowingly
through my own confusions,
I ask their forgiveness.

If anyone has harmed me in any way,
either knowingly or unknowingly
through their own confusions,
I forgive them.

And if there is a situation
I am not yet ready to forgive,
I forgive myself for that.

For all the ways that I harm myself,
negate, doubt, belittle myself,
judge or be unkind to myself
through my own confusions,
I forgive myself.

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