Guilt: A self-inflected stumbling block to inner peace and personal growth

by faithgibson on August 13, 2019


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Quoted from:
Reflections: ~ Book of poetry
for High Holy Days ~

Congregation Etz Chayim, 5778

pages 7 & 8 ~

Wise Words by John O’Donohue, p#8

When personal guilt over a past event becomes a continuous cloud over your life, you are locked in a mental prison and have become your own jailer.

While you shouldn’t erase your responsibly for the past, by making your past your jailer, you destroy your future.

Your soul is more immense than any one moment or event in your past.

When you allow guilt to fester and reduce you like this, it has little to do with guilt. The guilt is only an uncomfortable excuse for your fear of growth.

It is such a great moment of liberation when you learn to forgive yourself.

Let the burden go, and walk out into a new path of promise and possibility.

Self-compassion is a wonderful gift to give yourself.

You should never reduce the mystery and expanse of your own presence to merely a haunted fixation with something you did or didn’t do. To learn the art of integrating your faults is to begin a journey of healing, in which you will regain your poise and find new creativity.

More from Reflections – poetry Etz Chaim, 5778

“Forgiveness does not change the past,
but it does enlarge the future.”

“Look not back in anger, nor forward in fear,
but simply look around you
and be fully
present in the moment.” **

**Quote from James Thurber,
popular American author published many books the 1940s & 50s


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