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24-Jul-2011

Get Past the Past

A Forgiveness Meditation

Life presents opportunities to forgive others, as well as yourself, for mistakes made in the past. Everyone has been hurt by others. Maybe a teacher criticized you at a sensitive time in your life. Parents often get angry and say hurtful things to their children. In the heat of emotion, you may have made a bad choice that still haunts you. Finding a way to “let bygones be bygones” can lead to healing, inner peace and a sense of resolution. You can let go and forgive.

The gift of resolving issues that have never been forgiven is that it often releases energy that you can use to realize your true potential. Unforgiven issues often prevent wonderful things in your life from coming to fruition. I have found real healing doing this powerful, three-part meditation to release the past and embrace the gift of NOW. Meditate for 10 to 15 minutes a day for at least 40 days.

Forgiving yourself: Sit comfortably and begin the heart breath. Inhale deeply and bring the breath into your belly. As you exhale, imagine that the breath is leaving through your heart. As you inhale, bring in light and love from the universe. As you exhale through the heart center, say to yourself, “I forgive myself.” Immediately after saying this, imagine that you are being showered with blessings from the head down and mentally say, “I am forgiven.” Inhale again, bringing in positive energy, and repeat these two phrases as you exhale. Continue for 5 to 11 minutes.

Forgiving the past: Picture a person from your past who you may be holding resentment towards. Picture him/her, in front of you, inhale as above, and then as you exhale, mentally say, “I forgive you _________” and fill in the blank with the name of the person. Probably the most important people to forgive are your parents, but it can be anyone from your past. Continue this with each person until you feel complete for the time being. You will need to do this daily until it feels like you have released this past negativity completely.

Forgiving the present: Picture someone in your life with whom you are challenged. Repeat the breath as above and mentally say, “I forgive you _____________.” Continue this with each person you have challenges with in the present until you feel complete in the moment. Do this daily until you do not feel challenged by this person. You will feel lighter and more able to forgive yourself and others as you go through your life with love.

Santokh Singh Khalsa
Doctor of Chiropractic, Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Khalsa Chiropractic

Recommended: Healing Life's Hurts: Healing Memories through the Five Stages of Forgiveness by Dennis Linn and Matthew Linn

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