Letting go of our regrets can motivate us to improve and help us grow. Alex Elle, a certified breathwork and writing coach, guides us through a meditation to forgive and accept ourselves.
How to Do This Practice:
Take a deep breath. As you exhale, remember all you have done in the past that led you to come to be where you are today.
Remember that you are allowed to forgive yourself and let it go. Give yourself permission to release any shame that you’re carrying. Forgive yourself.
Think of the good things about yourself. Trust your worth and acknowledge that you are evolving. Remember, you are worthy of good things even when you think you are now.
When you're ready, you can bring your attention back to the present moment. Take a few deep breaths in through the nose, and out through the nose. Drop your shoulder and unclench your jaw.
If you'd like to take this practice a step further, you can write your own letter of self forgiveness, it can start with “Dear self, I forgive you for …”
Today’s Happiness Break host:
Alex Elle is a certified breathwork coach, author and restorative writing teacher. Her new book, How We Heal, will come out soon.
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More resources from The Greater Good Science Center:
Listen to a Science of Happiness episode on self-compassion: https://tinyurl.com/2hundtmc
How to Grow from Your Regrets: https://tinyurl.com/ys8239k2
Just One Thing: Forgive Yourself: https://tinyurl.com/5ybny4xx
Forgive Yourself, Save Your Relationship: https://tinyurl.com/49by7ma6
The Healthy Way to Forgive Yourself: https://tinyurl.com/4p3e9eha
How to Let Go of an Old Regret: https://tinyurl.com/4mryyyfy
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