From Rev. Arlene

Forgiveness is one of the greatest acts we can take for our spiritual growth as well as for our mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Usually when we think about forgiveness we bring to mind someone or something that we are holding a resentment towards.

However, the person we often forget to forgive is ourselves. Why and what we have to forgive is usually an act of omission or commission of ours – in other words something we have either done or not done.

Recently I have experienced some physical discomfort and began to think, “what brought this about?” I realized after some time that there was a decision I made which I felt was wrong so I was beating myself up about it. I know in time I will find the good in it but in the meantime this was wrecking havoc in my life physically.

I have had to forgive myself for this decision – what is done is done – and “this too is for good”. I also remembered something one of my spiritual mentors told me and that was to not beat myself up for choices I made that I judge to be wrong and to just move forward making better ones – AND TO FORGIVE MYSELF!

So if there is something you are punishing yourself for – forgive yourself and free yourself, you will find the results amazing!

Quote of the Week

“Bring it up, make amends, forgive yourself…the payoff is health, wholeness and inner peace. In other words, you get your life back.“ Steve Goodier

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