While it’s often easy to be honest with other people in telling them where they’re wrong, it may hurt to tell yourself where you’re wrong. As you continue to confront yourself with situations openly and honestly, however, you will begin to catch your mistakes before they happen. You may find that if you can keep your mouth shut, you can bypass many unpleasant and unnecessary situations.
Wow, talk about being gob smacked! This quote and some other things that have recently been surfacing in my life has all been guiding me directly back to my purpose. What is my purpose? For me, it is all about being less judgmental, forgiving of others and SELF! Yes, I have to forgive myself of my mistakes. I tend to be hard on those I love, expecting a lot of perfectionism (Virgo here) but I am even harder on myself demanding perfectionism. Lately I have been far less than perfect. I have found myself not being impeccable with my word, and even regressing to gossip. I detest gossip, and I typically venture away from anything even remotely representing gossip. And yet, I have been gossiping about others, passing judgment, saying less than kind words. I know that this is the universe telling me I must look inside, that it is me who has issues about these things I am gossiping and yet I seem to have diarrhea of the mouth. I am off my spiritual path, not mediating, not being very mindful. I have been well aware of this, and it is spiraling out of control for I judge myself very harshly for being off my path and for what I have said in gossip, not being willing to forgive myself.
In order for any of us to grow, it starts with the first step of forgiveness, and that first step has to be in forgiveness of self. When you have fallen off the path, like I have lately, start right where you are in the present moment and begin once again. As soon as I finish writing this, I am going to go sit and meditate and begin that meditation with an action of asking for forgiveness of my less than stellar behavior as of late. I am also going to release that, fully aware of what I have been doing, and set an intention to be more mindful. I saw this quote by Stephen Covey the other day (yes the universe has been sending me powerful messages to get me back I track) and I want to share it with you. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand. Most people listen with the intent to reply. My intention is to listen, to understand and to forgive myself. There is no better time than right here, right now!