Beyond Guilt

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“Guilt is a worthless energy. If you’ve messed up or failed, grant yourself absolution. Then draw a line in the sand and say, ‘From now on, I’m going to act in a better way. I’m going to act in a more honorable way.’ The important thing is to truncate the emotion of that guilt before it becomes overwhelming. Forgive yourself…” ~Stuart Wilde

The point here is not to give yourself permission to continue some behavior that isn’t serving you, but to move beyond the guilt or judgment you may have about it. Judgment is the glue that keeps undesirable ways of being and behavior in place. What guilt or judgment have you been allowing to sap your vitality and self-worth? Are you willing to practice forgiveness and compassion for yourself? How about starting right now? That would provide some space and energy for new action.

Please share your thoughts, insights and questions below. Your participation provides wisdom that all can benefit from. Thank you!

Denise Yamada © 4/2011

1 comment to Beyond Guilt

  • I have felt guilty for being very depressed around my “then” sick dog when my husband was away fighting a war. I was worried for my husbands life and I spiraled. My dog had cancer and all I did was cry around him. As soon as my husband came home, my dog passed away. I believe my dog although dying was taking care of me and it was very unfair that I allowed my emotions to get in the way so that I could love my dog and take care of him as I should have. The reason I feel guilty is that he isn’t going to come back. I can’t make it up to him. I told him I was sorry as he was passing but the pain is still heavy in my heart.

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