You don't need to be ready to forgive in order to practice what it might feel like to do so. This short writing practice allows you to simply play with the language of forgiveness. It can be really cathartic and a great way to bring positive, loving energy into an otherwise challenging scenario.
If there is a person in your life that you feel has wronged you in some way, then thinking about them or what they did probably carries a charge. Maybe when you think about them or the situation, you feel a tightening somewhere in your body, or you think negative thoughts. Practising forgiveness, even if you tell yourself that you absolutely don't mean it, may well make you feel a little better. This exercise isn't about them, it's about giving yourself a bit of loving care.
I'm hitting the road this summer, for a few festivals and a Sheffield Soul Scripting workshop.
For me, summer begins this month because I'm heading off to Conscious Camp, my first festival of the season, to share a Soul Scripting session in a Welsh valley. Bliss! A couple of weeks after that you'll find me in Sheffield for a Sunday afternoon workshop, then straight after I'm headed to the East Coast, where I'll be getting people writing at Laughter Festival 2017. We're so lucky that there are lots of amazing, conscious gatherings going on in the UK and Europe this year. I'm off to loads - teaching at some and just frolicking in a field at others.
This is an exercise designed to move you closer to a place of honest, deep self-love. It can raise feelings of fear but remember, it's just writing - just squiggles on a page - and you can rip up and throw away that page when you've finished.
This works best when you don't read the post through first. Instead, dive right in and follow each instruction as you go.
'While even good advice can feel overwhelming at times, the loving presence of another person will almost always provide comfort and the opportunity for personal growth. It is worth reflecting upon this simple, powerful act with gratitude.'
I wrote this article for spiritualbliss.com. Click here to visit Spiritual Bliss and read the full piece.
This is a great exercise to try before you begin any period of rest and relaxation - such as right before you leave the office for the week or before you head to the airport for a holiday. I also tend to begin Soul Scripting workshops with this exercise because it helps people to clear out anything they might have been carrying around in their brain but they aren't going to deal with during the session, leaving them with a little more head and heart space, as well as clearly marking the writing session ahead as time for creativity.