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Self-Forgiveness ... the Key to Self-Acceptance

Why Should I Forgive Myself?

When you blame yourself for something you did in the past, the burden of guilt and/or shame can cause deep unhappiness. It undermines your love for yourself and shatters your self-acceptance. Self-forgiveness is needed to truly move forward and release yourself from the past.

Forgiving yourself:

  allows you to live here and now instead of in the past will renew your hope in the future allow you to grow and improve experience positive feelings, such as peace, self-respect, confidence and happiness makes it easier to forgive and love others by realizing we’re all human will improve your physical health because you will have less stress hormone flushing through your body "Forgive yourself for your faults and mistakes and move on.”      Les Brown Don’t let your mistakes define you!  Allow some compassion for yourself.  You can live with other peoples past mistakes, so, why is it so difficult to live with your own?    Because others don’t live in your mind! It’s your own thoughts that condemn you and convince you that you aren’t lovable because of what you’ve done in the past. You can’t change the past, everyone know this, you can however, let go of the destructive burden of un-forgiveness. It won’t happen instantly, especially, if you’re a perfectionist. Forgiving yourself doesn’t mean that you condone your actions as being OK,  it means that you care enough about you to start fresh.

Self-forgiveness Exercises

Listen to your thoughts. What are they saying? Write one of your guilty thoughts down, and question it’s validity. Be specific about what you did that you think needs forgiving. Do you understand why you did what you did? What triggered you to make the choice? Can you decide not to repeat the offense? Can you stop punishing yourself or did you give yourself a life sentence?   Analyze the issue thoroughly then: Accept that you’re not perfect Choose to release the negative emotions related to the incident Understand that we all make mistakes, are imperfect and need forgiveness. Realize that you are a good person and not deserving of being punished for ever. Let go of the pain. If you hold onto pain and resentment, it will be harder to give and receive forgiveness Repeat the process with each of your issues.

Self-forgiveness Affirmations

You can print out a sheet of self-forgiveness affirmations here. Instructions to make the affirmations most effective can be found here: How to use the affirmations.

My Personal Self-forgiveness Experience

I felt crippled by my own self-judgement and self-condemnation. It took me a long time to finally become free to move forward. It didn’t happen for me until I asked God for forgiveness. I believe that God has forgiven me for my sins, which makes it so much easier to forgive myself. You can access a PDF here, it’s only 1 page which relates to my experience. I didn’t write it, but, it’s where my journey of love and freedom began.

Self-Forgiveness Clinical Studies

You can access “SELF–FORGIVENESS: THE STEPCHILD OF FORGIVENESS RESEARCH”, which is a PDF from the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology here: open document Building Self-esteem o Positive Affirmations o Self-esteem Quiz o Videos o Worksheets
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Why Should I Forgive Myself?

When you blame yourself for something you did in the past, the burden of guilt and/or shame can cause deep unhappiness. It undermines your love for yourself and shatters your self-acceptance. Self-forgiveness is needed to truly move forward and release yourself from the past.

Forgiving yourself:

  allows you to live here and now instead of in the past will renew your hope in the future allow you to grow and improve experience positive feelings, such as peace, self- respect, confidence and happiness makes it easier to forgive and love others by realizing we’re all human will improve your physical health because you will have less stress hormone flushing through your body "Forgive yourself for your faults and mistakes and move on.”      Les Brown Don’t let your mistakes define you!  Allow some compassion for yourself.  You can live with other peoples past mistakes, so, why is it so difficult to live with your own?    Because others don’t live in your mind! It’s your own thoughts that condemn you and convince you that you aren’t lovable because of what you’ve done in the past. You can’t change the past, everyone know this, you can however, let go of the destructive burden of un-forgiveness. It won’t happen instantly, especially, if you’re a perfectionist. Forgiving yourself doesn’t mean that you condone your actions as being OK,  it means that you care enough about you to start fresh.

Self-forgiveness Exercises

Listen to your thoughts. What are they saying? Write one of your guilty thoughts down, and question it’s validity. Be specific about what you did that you think needs forgiving. Do you understand why you did what you did? What triggered you to make the choice? Can you decide not to repeat the offense? Can you stop punishing yourself or did you give yourself a life sentence?   Analyze the issue thoroughly then: Accept that you’re not perfect Choose to release the negative emotions related to the incident Understand that we all make mistakes, are imperfect and need forgiveness. Realize that you are a good person and not deserving of being punished for ever. Let go of the pain. If you hold onto pain and resentment, it will be harder to give and receive forgiveness Repeat the process with each of your issues.

Self-forgiveness Affirmations

You can print out a sheet of self-forgiveness affirmations here. Instructions to make the affirmations most effective can be found here: How to use the affirmations.

My Personal Self-forgiveness Experience

I felt crippled by my own self-judgement and self- condemnation. It took me a long time to finally become free to move forward. It didn’t happen for me until I asked God for forgiveness. I believe that God has forgiven me for my sins, which makes it so much easier to forgive myself. You can access a PDF here, it’s only 1 page which relates to my experience. I didn’t write it, but, it’s where my journey of love and freedom began.

Self-Forgiveness Clinical Studies

You can access “SELF–FORGIVENESS: THE STEPCHILD OF FORGIVENESS RESEARCH”, which is a PDF from the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology here: open document Building Self-esteem o Positive Affirmations o Self-esteem Quiz o Videos o Worksheets
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Enjoy This Five Minute Self-forgiveness

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