Many of us are overly self-critical, feel guilty. Do not feel guilty about your guilt -that only makes you feel more cold and rigid. But feeling overly self-critical is an unnecessary burden. Any positive view as a counter thought to being self-critical can spontaneously become an inspiration and a healing, in the very moment we begin to shift our attitude.
Let go of your guilt! Feel as if it weighs nothing at all, and allow it to drift away like a feather in the breeze. Here’s how:
Visualize your self-criticism or guilt as darkness, dark clouds, or mist. Imagine bright beams of light coming from your source of power, touching the guilt, warming it, making it feel insubstantial. (Your source of power is a tool that arouses energy and wisdom in you, and it can be anything from the image of spiritual divinity such as the Buddha, or any positive form, nature, essence, or force, such as a tree, or the moon.) The light fills your body, touching your heart and mind, dispelling all darkness. Without guilt, we can now feel joy, light, and warmth. Allow yourself to relax within any positive feelings that arise. Repeat this exercise again and again, and finally meditate in an open way.
Adapted from The Five Things We Cannot Change, by David Richo (Shambhala, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by David Richo. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from The Five Things We Cannot Change, by David Richo (Shambhala, 2005).