Forgiveness – Healing the Past
In our addictions; our cravings and our compulsions, and in our recovery, we can be immobilised by our sense of guilt and shame about events that have happened in the past.
We can close this door to potential relapse through the practice of forgiveness meditation, or more correctly, Forgiveness Bhavana – the cultivation of forgiveness.
It can be very positive and beneficial to develop forgiveness bhavana, particularly in the early stages of practice. We can learn to ask for forgiveness, to forgive ourselves and we can also set the intention to forgive others.
We can learn to bring forward memories about things that have happened in the past in a skilful way; without re-traumatising ourselves or others.
We can use this healing practice to examine how we have harmed ourselves and other people; and how others have hurt us, then, when we feel ready and able, we can let it go.
The Heart of Recovery interactive workshops run several times per year – see https://hungryghostretreats.org/the-forgiveness-programme/ for details.
Document Link: The Forgiveness Workbook (a work in progress) – by Vince Cullen
Video Link: A Template for Forgiveness – by Vince Cullen (1h17m)
Video Link: Transgression & Forgiveness – by Vince Cullen (1h24m)
Topics for contemplation & investigation: Forgiveness (Khama)
Audio Link: Forgiveness a guided meditation – by Gil Fronsdal (15:03)
Audio Link: Forgiveness for Depression a guided meditation – by Ronna Kabatznick (21:34)
Audio Link: Forgiveness – a talk by Gil Fronsdal (45:20)
Webpage: Sila Forgiveness Meditation
Webpage: The Blessings of Awakening
- Truth, Karma and Commitment to Awakening (Sajja / Sacca)
- Generosity in Thoughts, Words and Actions (Dana)
- Living in Harmony: Ethics-Harmlessness-Blamelessness (Sila)
- Self-love, Self-compassion, Self-appreciation & Self-balance (Bramha-Viharas)
- Transgression & Forgiveness (Khama)
- Mindfulness & Meditation (Sati & Bhavana)
- Fellowship & Good Friends (Kalyana-Mitatta)
- OK – Where Do I Go Now? (Tales from the bumpy road… a summary of the journey so far)