“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive.”
Why is it so much more difficult for us to forgive ourselves than it is to forgive the people we love? This is a question that often comes to mind in the midst of having made a mistake. I believe it stems from a deeper knowing of our potential and capabilities, therefore not wanting to settle for less. However, holding ourselves to such high standards can serve as a form of imprisonment that prevents us from that very thing we seek to achieve.
When you allow forgiveness onto yourself, you will find a more steadfast motivation to keep going, encouraged by your own love. And this makes sense doesn’t it? When we are small and just learning how to walk, we thrive on the cheers and affirmations of loved ones telling us we are doing a good job. They don’t berate us if we lose our balance and fall, for that would be silly, unproductive. As we grow older, we seek this support system outside of ourselves, forgetting that we are very much capable at finding the support we crave from within.
Hating yourself only creates more of it. You can’t hate ourself into loving yourself. And hate only brings with it more of the same low-energy emotions of judgement, doubt, depression and anxiety that make it difficult to enact what it is you seek. Eliminating the need to be “perfect” will remove the mental barriers and enable you to start from where you are (flaws included), bringing so much more peace throughout the process.
Allow yourself to surrender into the higher energies of love and compassion that are necessary to elevate you to the next level. Choose to be there for yourself, unconditionally, from this loving space, you can only ever move up.