I was bad at saying I’m sorry. Sometimes, I’m still pretty shitty at it. I read that when somewhere that when we say I’m sorry we are really trying to forgive ourselves for the hurt we have inflicted upon ourselves. Yoga says that ahisma is not to be practiced. We do not practice violence against others or ourselves.
You may know that hanging feeling of knowing an I’m sorry that needs to be said. Instead of saying the words and opening up that space of healing, we squash it down with distractions. We distract ourselves with other thoughts, work, a drink, a smoke, an argument, errands…you get the picture. All of these things only prolong the suffering of not saying those two words.
So why not be free?
Live in the now.
Maybe the idea of I’m sorry to the person you’ve wrong isn’t possible. Stephen and Ondrea Levine have a page set up, that allows you apologize- anonymously. Because the act itself of being sorry can be powerful.
So go ahead. Say I’m sorry.