Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 09/24/2019

The Audacity to Forgive Oneself

Knowing that kamma cannot be abrogated or erased, why do I insist on punishing myself in addition to the bitter harvest I have prepared by acting unskilfully or outright breaking the precepts?

Do I somehow believe that I can escape my fate simply by browbeating myself? Why do I insist on forgiving others and yet withhold forgiveness from myself? If I am no different than my brothers and sisters in birth, aging and death, why do I refuse to forgive myself as I do them?

Today I failed. I broke a commitment to myself and possibly a precept in the process. I will reap what I have sown. May I have the audacity, however, to forgive myself and wish myself well.

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