I find the reason most people struggle to communicate with animals is because they feel guilty over something to do with their own animals.
Often this is the manner of their death and whether they did or didn’t do something right – ‘right’ being very subjective. Guardians will often get stuck in the belief that they let their animal down.
I’ve learned animals don’t bear grudges.
The most common view is that they know we humans have done the best we can with the skills and information we had, and even if that’s not entirely the truth, animals seem to have a better understanding of life and death than we do, seeing it more like a circle without a start or end point.
Why is self-forgiveness so important?
If we don’t allocate time for self-forgiveness, we hold on to our guilt and it halts the possibility of our being the best version of ourselves.
Instead, we choose to live life in a state of fear and worry.
The path to forgiveness is not an easy one, especially when it’s yourself you’re trying to forgive, but if you don’t take it:
- You get locked in the past and are unable to move on.
- You prevent yourself from achieving your goals.
- You prevent yourself from living a positive and fulfilling life.
- You prevent yourself from learning and improving from your mistakes.
“If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.” – Mother Teresa
Here’s a simple exercise to help you:
Diagnose: Identify why you need to forgive yourself.
No one is perfect: Don’t think that failing at something makes you a terrible person.
Start over: Learning to forgive yourself is about learning to live with the past and learning from that experience. Don’t dwell on the past; bring your focus to the present. Let the past be in the past.
Create a new mindset: Learn from past mistakes and learn to be mindful. Be kinder to yourself, because knowledge and growth come from the experience of life.
When you can tell your story and it doesn’t make you cry, that’s when you know you’ve healed.
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By Pea Horsley