DAY 16

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Affirmation: I forgive myself.

Only through accessing the power of the Now, which is your own power, can there be true forgiveness. This renders the past powerless, and you realize deeply that nothing you ever did or that was ever done to you could touch even in the slightest the radiant essence of who you are. The whole concept of forgiveness then becomes unnecessary.    

— Eckhart Tolle

It is easy to have compassion for someone else. When a baby cries, we long to hold it. When a child is hurt, we want to help her, to fix what is wrong, to make her happy. But compassion for ourselves does not come as easily.

Compassion is what will help you deal with the situations that arise from a drinking past. Time and time again, you are looking at problems that were created seemingly by someone else. Someone under the influence. Someone with no judgment, self-awareness, or consideration for others. Someone who you no longer are, and in reality, never were.

Walking in the aftermath of alcohol’s ravaging effects can be debilitating for even the strongest among us. But compassion is the first step in radical healing. Only with compassion can you release the past, and invite in the miracle of a clean and sober mind.

If you could see yourself as God does — your innocence, your perfection, your beauty — then self-compassion would come naturally. One day, you’ll realize that no forgiveness was ever necessary. The past is gone. Release it through forgiveness, and be free to set forth, unencumbered, into the glorious present.