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August 24, 2016

Tara Brach leads a guided meditation: A Forgiving Heart. Forgiving is the act of the heart to free it from aversive blame and hatred. Take the next step with more openness.

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In this guided meditation by Tara Brach, we are invited to tune into the heart space, becoming more deeply aware of its present state. As we move into this area of the body, we are called to explore the power of forgiveness, offering the heart a chance to let go of any anger, blame, or resentment that does not serve us.

What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is not the same as condoning hurtful behaviour or excusing others for their actions. Forgiveness is simply a movement towards releasing the heart of knots that challenging past experiences may have left behind. In fact, it has little to do with freeing another person from their actions and everything to do with freeing ourselves. This guided meditation simply invites us into a gentle opening of the heart as we explore where it is possible for us to forgive ourselves and others.

How to Move Towards Forgiveness

It is not always easy to grant forgiveness; sometimes it takes time. With that said, we can move towards granting forgiveness to either ourselves or to another by practicing loving kindness and self-compassion meditations. We can also practice exploring our emotions, beginning to heighten our awareness of the various feelings and sensations that move through us. As we do this, we develop a new relationship to some of life’s most challenging experiences, including anger and sorrow.

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Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]