For me, the act of forgiving is like peeling an onion – there are many layers to uncover. In my last post to the Everyday Mystic blog, I shared a spontaneous meditation that shifted the tectonic plates of my soul and allowed me to go deeper in forgiving the past. It’s been wonderful to walk with a lighter load the past few days – I highly recommend forgiveness work to you!
In today’s post, I’d like to share a forgiveness prayer and meditation that I’ve used for years. It was given to me by my friend Susan R., and I do not know the originator of the prayer. If you do, please let me know. I would like to attribute it to its rightful owner.
Start by sitting comfortably, erect and relaxed, feet on the ground. Start with a mindfulness meditation, such as following the breath or intently observing a lighted candle. When you feel you’ve reached a state of quiet attentiveness, imagine that the person that you wish to forgive is sitting across from you. You look into each other eyes. Stay with the image until you can see the person clearly in your mind’s eye. Then work through the following prayer. Slowly say each line to yourself, letting the sentence’s meaning permeate your being. Take several breaths before advancing to the next line.
May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I awaken to the light of my own true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for all beings.
May you be at peace.
May your heart remain open.
May you awaken to the light of your own true nature.
May you be healed.
May you be a source of healing to all beings.
May we be at peace.
May our hearts remain open.
May we awaken to the light of our own true natures.
May we be healed.
May we be a source of healing to all beings.