There are challenges every day on the path of life.
You’re walking along, minding your own business, being the best person you can be. Then your concentration slips, or you take one misstep.
And berate yourself for getting it wrong.
Does any of the following sound familiar?
“I can’t do that because I would look stupid. I’m afraid to try something new, so I just do the same things, but I like the same things, so there’s nothing wrong with that, right? People might laugh if I wear this. I hope my makeup is on the right way. I am so glad my mother (or grandmother or mother-in-law or daughter or sister or whoever) can’t see what I’m wearing today; she would have a fit. I hope I don’t embarrass myself. Why did I say that? I hope I don’t run into anyone I know at the grocery store. I hope the boss doesn’t notice that I’m a couple of minutes late. I hope my coworker doesn’t get mad.”
Do you see mighty maple trees angry because leaves turn yellow instead of red? No.
Do other deciduous plants get upset because this year they’re loosing leaves at a slower rate? No.
Then why do you persist in such personal badgering?
And for many of us, this happens every day – all day long.
Thanks to monkey mind, you may even berate yourself for something that happened (or might have happened) years ago.
Right now, know that it is OK to make a mistake.
It is OK to jig when you should have jagged.
It is OK to be on a different wavelength.
It is OK to feel what you feel.
Take a deep breathe. Calm yourself on the inside. Drop the criticism, if only for a moment or two.
This guided meditation is about forgiveness. Listen and let go of the judgement of whatever it is in your life that’s holding you back, of whatever you regret. It’s time to forgive yourself, if only for the length of this video.