Forgiveness is paramount when it comes to personal recovery. Without it we will forever the continue cycle of shaming ourselves and digging ourselves into deeper holes. When we focus on forgiveness, we hold ourselves accountable for the mistakes that we made and recognize that our self-worth is still infinite and that we are still lovable. It is hard to balance the feelings of compassion and shame simultaneously, but, through practicing personal forgiveness, we are slowly able to learn the mechanisms of how to best to achieve this.
This meditation is extremely powerful and emotive. It focuses on recognizing the mistake we made while simultaneously recognizing our self-worth and ability to be unconditionally loved. When we combine compassion with the difficult feelings, we can experience a deep release of emotion and profound healing.
If we were all asked to raise our hands if we’re holding onto worries of the past, I think almost the whole world would have their arms stretched upwards. Even those of us who do attain a highly evolved spiritual state will encounter grievances as a natural part of life and the human condition. Life is a constant process of letting go. This week’s Monday Mindfulness is about taking one concern, ideally something you’re holding onto from the past, and surrendering it to the Universe (or the Highest Power you believe in). It is a liberating and impactful practice.
Understanding the ego is an important part of any spiritual and healing practice, since dissolving this toxic part of our psyche is the ideal of all major spiritual pursuits. Reaching an ego-free state, whether brief or sustained, has been called many things: Illumination, Enlightenment, Nirvana, Transcendence.
The spiritual understanding of the ego is basically that it is the antithesis of our loving, core self or spirit. Instead of self-aware, it is selfish. Instead of wise, it believes it knows all. Instead of loving, it exploits and manipulates. The ego is what causes us to see ourselves as separate from the Universe, others, and the things that sustain us. The ego is chronically misunderstood, but it is laid out clearly in this article.