Global Forgiveness Day is Thursday, August 27, 2009. Started by CECA, the Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassadors, a non-profit organization in Canada, this day is set aside to promote the healing power of forgiveness. Here are a few things that you can do to celebrate this day:
- View the Global Forgiveness Day’s movie about Forgiveness here. Ponder the thoughts and inspiration offered in this lovely production.
- Listen to Kristin (me!) being interviewed about forgiveness on The Queen of Dreams radio show at 9:00 pm EDT on Thursday, August 27. You can access the broadcast at no cost in real time or listen to it later here.
- Use the test for forgiveness to identify opportunities for you to forgive. To perform this test, think of someone or some incident in your past that angered you. If you don’t feel a surge of adrenaline, your shoulders tensing or think an angry thought (which will manifest in your body somewhere), you have achieved the peace that comes with forgiveness.
- Journal about your forgiveness opportunities. Write about your feelings of anger, bitterness, revenge or hurt. Get it all out. Then burn the paper in a symbolic ritual of putting those thoughts and feelings behind you. Use an outdoor grill or someplace that is safe for a fire.
- Pray for the healing power of forgiveness to wash over you. Pray for or meditate on those who have hurt you. Pray or meditate on the areas of the world that need forgiveness. You might wish to use the meditation I offer in this post.
- Consider purchasing my book called “A Forgiveness Journal.” This inspiring book walks you through a seven-step process of forgiveness. Rather than telling you to “just do it”, it will walk you through many exercises that clear your emotions, provide you with perspective and alternative viewpoints, release your anger and allow you to achieve the profound peace that accompanies forgiveness.
- Remember that you forgive primarily to benefit yourself. And, the power of your heart, which becomes open and compassionate in the act of forgiving, blesses everyone that you encounter.
May you be blessed on Global Forgiveness Day!