I believe the best way to heal and grow is to look inward. Often, we do the opposite. We get defensive and judge or point fingers at other people. But, what would happen if we owned our own emotions? We could heal, change and grow exponentially.
Why do we point fingers?
- A person has triggered us and we become flooded with strong emotions.
- We are invested in another outcome.
- We are not getting what we need.
If we sit with our emotions without reacting, we are half way there. If we take this one step further, the results can be very calming.
That second step is forgiveness: forgiving ourselves and forgiving others. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. Mistakes are universal. Knowing this, it is easier for me to admit to and accept my mistakes. It is easier for me to have compassion for the mistakes of others. Ultimately, this empathy helps me go into a sincere state of forgiveness.
Over time, if we make self-reflection, emotional ownership and sincere forgiveness our usual go-to response, we will notice that our relationship with ourselves and with others becomes smoother, healthier and happier.
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