“I forgive myself for the actions that have caused pain to myself and others. I also forgive my inability to give myself and others what was needed to heel the wounds.”
Newsflash, we make everything from simple mistakes to completely fucking all the way up, and it’s human to do so. That doesn’t make us the worst human beings to have walked the face of the earth. Our intentions, however, speak to our moral compass, value system, and station in life. Nelson Mandela said, “The time has come to accept in our hearts and minds that with freedom comes responsibility.” That responsibility acknowledges the overall equilibrium that needs to be maintained in every situation understanding that each action creates an energetic cycle or karma. Delving deeper into your karma and generational karmic cycles, I find, helps to grasp what you’re dealing with, what needs to be worked on, built up, and broken. We have a responsibility to each other despite what we have been taught. We are an ecosystem which means our actions affect us and can have a profound effect on others as well. Again, we are human and at some point will act in a manner that we’re not proud of. We also may not know how or care to make amends for our actions, but our dedication to serving the highest version of ourselves and others will be more impactful than you could imagine.
Try these lotus nuggets of wisdom on the accountability of forgiveness
- Ask about how your actions make a person feel and communicate the same.
- Establish and honor boundaries for yourself and others.
- Honor the highest version of yourself and others in every action you take.
- Honor the overall balance that needs to exist within every interaction.
- Connect with your elders to allow their wisdom and enlightenment to be the medicine you need.
Lotus Medicine: Shifting our mindset around any behavior or set of behaviors takes work. Showing ourselves as much compassion and understanding as we do others, can seem like one of the hardest things to do but, it can be done. To err is human but to seek understanding and balance in the overarching scheme of things is divine.