I turned a corner on affirmations.
But, after having read more books and research on happiness and positive psychology, I feel differently now. I’m reading the sayings and feeling their meaning more. The forgiveness truths are deep and powerful. Some of them are still silly for me, but most of them are hitting me right between the eyes.
I found these affirmations from Prolific Living.
My comments on these are in [brackets]
The 25 Affirmations to Forgive Your Past and Free Your Mind
Read these affirmations out loud the first time around and let the sound of your voice become natural and let the words ring true for you.
Repeat them everyday for a week. Put them in your phone or a notebook you carry, and say them while driving or washing the dishes or putting on your clothes for the day. Say them when you are alone and feel anger or regret or sadness.
And do yourself a favor: believe yourself worthy of these truths:
1. I lay down the heavy weight of doubt, shame, guilt and embarrassment.
[In 2006 I turned a corner in my life. I chose happiness. I decided definitively that I will choose happiness. I chose to leave cynicism, skepticism, passive aggressiveness, all behind.]
2. I release the past so I can step into the future with pure intentions.
[I stop regretting the past. I left it in 2006. I move on now.]
3. I am capable of moving beyond my mistakes.
4. I am able to heal from the hurt and pain of what I have caused.
5. I am worthy of all the compassion and kindness life offers me.
6. I forgive myself one day at a time until it’s complete.
7. I gently release the grip of anger and rage from my body.
[yeah. let it go and your body will thank you. I feel physically better, allowing the anger to pass. Huge improvement.]
8. I set my past free and forgive my participation in it.
[Totally. Leave the past. Don’t sweat it any more. If someone brings up my bone head past, I just say, ‘I’m not like that anymore.’ It’s true. I’m not.]
9. I give up the hope of a different past by accepting my true past.
10. I trust my present and future decisions based on love and good intentions.
11. I trade my anger and rage for understanding and compassion.
12. I accept that I did the best I could at the time with what I knew.
13. I have the courage to heal and become whole again.
14. I will treat myself with respect and kindness from today forward.
[I try not to be too hard on myself. I don’t beat myself up. When I do screw up, admit and move on. Acknowledge it was a mistake and shake it off. I don’t get stuck there.]
15. I forgive others as I forgive myself: with ease, sincerity and loving compassion.
16. I take this small step toward greater growth.
17. I am willing to live with all of who I am.
[It took years to like who I am. To actually feel comfortable being in my own skin. To stop trying to be something else and like being me.]
18. I am capable of loving all of who I am.
19. I go with the flow that life brings me.
20. I grow more patient and understanding of others by forgiving myself.
21. I let go of all self-judgement and self-sabotage.
[Self sabotage. This is terrific. I stop myself more than others stop me. I just need to get out of the way. Stop stopping myself.]
22. I melt into an ocean of love and forgiveness.
[mixed metaphor. butter and water don’t mix. how about, I drown in an ocean of love and forgiveness.]
23. I grow stronger and better as I forgive myself to move on.
24. I forgive myself so that I can have inner peace again.
25. I can only share my gift with the world if I first forgive myself.
[My gift. I like that. I have something I can give to the world.]