Ho'oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation. It may facilitate healing for ourselves and for relationships. Find a comfortable, quiet place. You may wish to say the words aloud, and if so, find a place where you would feel at ease giving voice to the words. Take a minute to tune into your breathing, finding the calm center within. Offer the following words to yourself to yourself as you begin, allowing your being to soften. If the face of another person arises, look directly into their eyes and offer the words to them.
Please forgive me,
I love you.
The four lines may be repeated over and over, silently, aloud or through song. Repeat for as long as you feel is needed. If tears well up, let them flow if that feels cleansing and healing. Notice whether there is a change in the connection and relationship with yourself as well as any person who came to mind.
The Way It Is
A Poem by William Stafford
There's a thread you follow.
It goes among things that change.
But it doesn't change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it, you can't get lost.
People get hurt or die, and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time's unfolding.
You don't ever let go of the thread.
"In yourself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, then the door is there and
the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either that key or that door to open except yourself."
~Krishnamurti, philosopher and poet
"The mark of a wild heart is living out the paradox of love in our lives,
It's the ability to be tough and tender,
excited and scared, brave and afraid--
all in the same moment.
It's showing up in our vulnerability and our courage,
being both fierce and kind."
"We search for everything we believe we don't have,
not knowing that everything we are looking for is already inside us."
~Don Miguel Ruiz
"If we can show up to our practice with inquisitiveness, yoga offers us clarity;
it aligns our actions with our intentions and empowers us to stand in our authentic truth--
no matter how challenging."
~Melody Moore, PhD, E-RYT 500
"Grief and love are sisters, woven together from the beginning.
Their kinship reminds us that there is no love that does not contain loss,
and no loss that is not a reminder of the love we carry for what we once held close."
"The goal of all goals is happiness,
and our emotions are like road signs on that journey
toward the goal of happiness."
"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going.
What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment,
and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope."
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