Inspiration, encouragement and spiritual practice from across faith traditions for all who seek hope and wholeness through letting go.
We all carry wounds that can bind up our hearts and keep us from fully lovingand fully livingin the present. Our pain may come from devastating trauma or unconscious resentment from accumulated everyday grievances. No matter the depth of the hurt, in the warmth and wisdom of this inspiring guidebook readers will find courage to face the past and begin the process of letting go.
Contributors active as spiritual directors, clergy, religious scholars and retreat leaders draw on the depths of their own spiritual practice, religious traditions and sacred texts to offer hope and encouragement for the journey of forgiveness. They provide a rich variety of practices for cultivating an open and forgiving heart, both toward ourselves and others, as well as step-by-step guidance in the process of forgiveness. They share their insights on:
- Healing ourselves through forgiveness
- Overcoming obstacles to forgiveness
- Letting go of resentment, blame and anger
- Forgiving ourselves
- Deciding whether to restore relationships
- Asking for and accepting forgiveness
- Receiving Divine forgiveness
- Fostering mercy in our hearts
- Seeking peace and reconciliation in our communities
For use by individuals as well as groups in worship or counseling settings, this wide range of perspectives, offered with grace and compassion, will gently move readers toward the wholeness and freedom that come from true forgiveness.
Contributors: Nancy L. Bieber • Rev. Carolyne Call • Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell • Nancy Barrett Chickerneo, PhD • Paul Wesley Chilcote, PhD • William Cleary • Nancy Corcoran, CSJ • Linda Douty • Rabbi Ted Falcon • Marcia Ford • Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune • Tamar Frankiel, PhD • Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, DHL • Caren Goldman • Rev. Steven Greenebaum • Judy Greenfeld • Kent Ira Groff • Diana L. Guerrero • Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar • Kay Lindahl • Rabbi David Lyon • Pastor Don Mackenzie • St. Maximos • Ron Miller • Diane M. Millis, PhD • Rev. Timothy J. Mooney • Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell • Linda Novick • Rev. Larry J. Peacock • Gordon Peerman • M. Basil Pennington, OCSO • Jan Phillips • Susan Quinn • Imam Jamal Rahman • Marty Richards, MSW, LCSW • The Rev. Canon C.K. Robertson, PhD • Rev. Nanette Sawyer • Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper • The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori • Aaron Shapiro • Rami Shapiro • Louise Silk • Rev. Susan Sparks • Aaron Spevack, PhD • Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz • Molly and Bernie Srode • Tom Stella • Sohaib N. Sultan • Terry Taylor • Yoland Trevino • Rev. Jane E. Vennard • The Rev. Peter Wallace • Cynthia Winton-Henry
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About the Author
SkyLight Paths is the publisher of many award-winning personal growth books for people of all faith traditionsand none.
The Rev. Canon Marianne Wells Borg is former canon pastor at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, and founding director of The Center for Spiritual Development, an outreach ministry engaging in Christian life in the twenty-first century.
Table of Contents
Introduction ixThe Rev. Canon Marianne Wells Borg
Understanding Forgiveness 1What's Stopping You? 3Linda DoutyHow to Let Go of Resentment 6Rabbi Edwin Goldberg, DHLProverbs on Forgiveness 11Translated by Rami ShapiroCrossing the Bridge 12Karyn D. KedarA Choice and a Gift 14Rev. Timothy J. MooneyPractice: What Am I Holding on To? 16Practice: The Log in Our Own Eye 17
Letting Go 19Leaving the Past Behind 21Rev. Jane E. VennardReflection: Looking Backward and Forward 23Practice: The Courage to Forgive 23Repainting Your Story 25Linda NovickThe Qur'an on Forgiveness 28Clearing the Wellspring 29Nancy Barrett Chickerneo, PhDPractice: A Clearing Experience 30 Four Rs for Relinquishing 32Kent Ira GroffPractice: Emptiness as Space for God 33Practice: A Focusing Exercise in Three Gestures 33Practice: "Let It Be" 34Naming Your Hurts and Fears 35Nancy L. BieberPractice: The Naming Game 35Practice: The Room 36Practice: Accepting Love 36Letting Go of Old Illusions 37Jan PhillipsWhat Animals Can Teach Us about Letting Go 41Diana L. Guerrero
Reconciliation and Forgiveness in Relationships 45Reconciliation in Your Own Heart 47Caren GoldmanPractice: Journaling with Others and Self 50It Starts with You 51Marcia FordPractice: Making the First Move 53The Sacred Speech of Forgiveness 54Rev. Donna SchaperListening for Reconciliation 59Kay LindahlThe Philokalia on Forgiveness 62Prayer for Our Mothers 63M. F.Prayers for Marriage 64Annotated by The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, PhDForgiveness in Caregiving 66Marty Richards, MSW, LCSWSetting Boundaries 77Marcia FordPractice: Clarifying Your Boundaries 79Finding Peace in Letting a Relationship Go 81Susan QuinnForgiveness and Grace after Divorce 85Rev. Carolyne CallForgiving Suicide 90Rabbi Elie Kaplan SpitzPractice: Journaling about Loss 93Practice: Letter Exchange 94A Prayer for Forgiveness 95Rev. Steven Greenebaum
Forgiveness and the Divine 97A God Who Desires to Forgive 99Annotated by Rami ShapiroLetting Go of a Vengeful God 100Tom StellaReflection: The Moral of Your Story 104You Accept UsAt Times of Self-Doubt 105William ClearyYou Are Living a Good Story 106Karyn D. KedarThe Psalms on Forgiveness 108Translated by M. Basil Pennington, OCSOOffering All to God 110Annotated by Paul Wesley Chilcote, PhDTrusting God’s Forgiveness 112Rev. Larry J. PeacockPractice: Forgiveness Dance 113
Accepting Forgiveness 115The Privilege of Asking Forgiveness 117Rabbi David LyonHumbly Embracing Imperfections 119Tom StellaQuestions in Asking for Forgiveness 122Rev. Carolyne CallGhazali on Forgiveness 123Translated by Aaron Spevack, PhDMore Than Apologizing 124Rami ShapiroDeveloping Self-Compassion 128Imam Jamal RahmanPractice: Loving the Heart 129Practice: Sacred Naming 130Granting Yourself Absolution 132Marcia FordReflection: Being Drained of Self-Criticism 134Practice: "I Can’t Forgive Myself Because __________"134Laugh at Yourself 136Rev. Susan SparksReflection: Laughter and Forgiveness 137Facing Brokenness 138Terry TaylorPractice: MaitriEmbracing Your Pain 141
Love Your Enemies 143Hospitality to Enemies 145Rev. Nanette SawyerPractice: Self-Examination 148Practice: A Circle of Love 151(Draw It Large Enough to Include Your Adversary)The Gospel of Matthew on Forgiveness 154Translated by Ron MillerEncountering the Heart of the Enemy 155Rami ShapiroPractice: Dining with the Devil 158Practice: Dear Hated One 158A Prayer of Forgiveness for Enemies 161Nancy Corcoran, CSJA Moveable Feast 163Katharine Jefferts SchoriPraying with the Angels 166Imam Jamal Rahman
Forgiveness, Justice, and Peace 169Seeking Justice on the Path to Forgiveness 171Marie M. FortuneWise Justice, Merciful Hearts 175Rev. Donna SchaperThe Book of Common Prayer on Forgiveness 178Reconciliation, Retribution, and Justice in Islam 179Annotated by Sohaib N. SultanProdigals and the Path to Peace 181Rev. Dr. Joan Brown CampbellReconnecting with the Earth 185John Philip NewellInterfaith Forgiveness 190Pastor Don Mackenzie, Imam Jamal Rahman, and Rabbi Ted FalconPeacemaking in Our Own Hearts 197Molly and Bernie SrodePractice: Affirmations for Personal Peacemaking 198 Dancing Peace and Forgiveness 199Cynthia Winton-HenryPractice: Inner Peace Dance80 Percent Stillness 201Intercession and Justice 203Rev. Larry J. PeacockPractice: Intercession Collage 204
Cultivating a Forgiving Heart 205Lovingkindness Meditation to 207Open the Heart and MindLouise SilkPractice: Mettabhavana Meditation 208Escaping the Blame Cycle 210Gordon PeermanPractice: Working with RAIN 214Meditations of Marcus Aurelius on Forgiveness 216Bedtime Forgiveness Prayer 217Tamar Frankiel, PhD, and Judy GreenfeldPractice: Bedtime Forgiveness Meditation 218The Fruit of Love 221Nancy L. BieberLiving in Love 223The Rev. Peter WallaceReflection: Loving and Being Loved 226Meeting Everyone as a Stranger 227Diane M. Millis, PhDSeeing a World Where There Is No “Other” 230Yoland TrevinoPursuing Kinship Rather than Estrangement 233Rev. Nanette Sawyer
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