Are you brave enough to forgive?
We have been talking about the first principle of moving through Imposter Syndrome, and that is to Be Brave. Brave enough to do the work, brave enough to assess your life and now brave enough to forgive yourself for it.
Our natural inclination after taking a look at our life is to place blame. On ourselves and others around us. That is a waste of what you are trying to do. A much better use of your energy is to start the process of forgiveness, because EVERYTHING is different once you do. Our lives are essentially about relationship – with ourselves, our world, our family, our ego etc. and I wanted to give you an exceptionally good way to start that forgiveness process.
Of course it starts with you:-) Be brave and have a watch, tap along, and pay attention to what changes for you after you do this.
While your learning to forgive here are a couple of tips for some self care.
I invite you to consider a small act of self-care as a way to reset your mind, relax your body, and give you peace that will impact the rest of your day. Anyone can find 5 minutes, and likely more than once! Here are 5 simple acts of self-care that you CAN fit into your day:
- Find a quiet place to sit (even the bathroom will do). Listen to two calming songs with headphones on. Really listen…give yourself permission to turn off your brain.
- Do a few rounds of 4-by-4 breathing. Close your eyes and sit comfortably. Breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold for 4 seconds, breathe out through your mouth for four seconds and hold for 4 seconds. Repeat 3 or 4 times.
- Sit outside and mindfully “observe” what you see around you. Just observe without judgement.
- Practice gratitude. Be grateful for something, no matter how trivial.
- Put a heavy blanket over your shoulders, wrap it around you tightly, and sit quietly, feeling the warmth of the blanket cocooning you like a warm hug.