Trista Thorp on Emotional Healing through Forgiveness: A Guided Meditation
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In today’s meditation we will center our attention around the emotional freedom we experience through the act of forgiveness. For many of us, the act of forgiveness wields a heavy hand. The toxic residue left over after we experience loss, heartache, disappointment, or abuse on any level leaves a deep scar – an imprint – in our heart, our psyche and our physical body. It makes perfect sense that our basic survival instincts would lead us to build protective barriers to keep certain experiences out while carefully shielding our most vulnerable aspects within.
We learn early on that, as an added measure of protection, we can consciously choose to withhold forgiveness from those who have violated our physical and emotional boundaries. We believe that not forgiving others holds them in a perpetual state of suffering for what they have done. What we don’t realize, however, is that withholding forgiveness binds us to the un-integrated emotional charge for weeks, months, years and – even lifetimes.
Forgiveness is about lightening our hearts. At some point in our lives, we all make choices that cause pain for another person. When we move into understanding that we are all doing our best from our level of awareness at the time, the fostering of forgiveness begins to unfold.
Settle into your heart space, take a deep breath in, then gently let it go and consider for a moment:
“Am I ready to invite forgiveness in to heal the pain of my past experiences?”
If now is not the time, it’s okay. If now is the time for you to step into forgiveness, bring into your awareness to one person who has caused you pain and ask your heart this question:
“What can I do to forgive this person for the pain I’ve experienced as a result of their words or actions?”
Now, see if you can ask your heart to reveal one incident where you caused someone else pain and consider:
“What can I do to demonstrate my willingness to forgive myself for my actions that caused pain for another person?”
Some possibilities include writing a letter, burying a memento in the ground, writing down your commitment to forgive and then burning it, writing on a balloon and releasing it into the sky, volunteering your time at a local organization, or making a charitable donation.
*This guided meditation is dedicated to my father.
Thank you, Dad, for showing up and for not giving up. I love you.
My personal experience this month was when an unexpected visitor arrived on my doorstep in San Diego 2 weeks ago. An opportunity to face my past, to go back in time while being grounded in the present moment allowed for 25 years of misunderstanding, loss, heartbreak and separation to surface, integrate, heal and transform into one of the most cherished relationships of my life. A little girl and her daddy are reunited and, once again, the best of friends.
An International Bestselling Author, Lifestyle and Leadership Coach and speaker, Tris Thorp is one of today’s leading experts in the field of personal growth and leadership development. Having spent a decade traveling the world, being trained by and sharing the stage with Dr. Deepak Chopra in the field of social emotional learning, consciousness and mindfulness-based practices, Tris has a real gift for integrating the ancient spiritual teachings with modern-day science and mindfulness to help people all over the world let go of their past and create an empowered new future.
During her tenure at the Chopra Center, Tris apprenticed under the Chopra Center’s co-founder Dr. David Simon, co-facilitating the Healing the Heart and Emotional Freedom workshops alongside him. Prior to his passing in 2012, Dr. Simon appointed Tris as the person to carry on his teachings in the field of emotional healing. In addition, Tris was fortunate to be mentored by the late Debbie Ford prior to her passing in 2013, which is where she continued her extensive studies of the unconscious mind and concepts of the persona and shadow. After the loss of her two mentors, Tris went on to become certified through the Ford Institute as a coach specializing in Shadow Work and reconciling mental and emotional issues stemming from past experiences. She continues to share the gifts of emotional healing and facilitating this work in the footsteps of her former mentors.
Tris is the International bestselling author of Healing Your Heart: Rewrite Your Story with Awareness and Intention. A guide book to understanding your emotions, how we create our story and workable tools and techniques to heal from the past, Healing Your Heart stewards you through the process of releasing mental and emotional baggage, forgiving yourself and others, setting and enforcing boundaries and consciously communicating your needs in a loving and effective way so you can be who you’re meant to be, do the things you want to do and have all that you deserve to have in this life.
Tris is also the co-author of bestseller Mental and Emotional Release® with Dr. Matt James. Written in a language both professionals and non-professionals can understand, Mental and Emotional Release® offers real life case studies, an overview of MER and its foundation, step by step scripts to follow, and clinical efficacy studies comparing MER to other therapies.
Clearly in her dharma, Tris’s passion and dedication to gently guide people on their inward journey through personal growth is evident in her work as a Lifestyle and Leadership coach, Trainer of Mental and Emotional Release and workshop facilitator. She teaches various courses on leadership development, personal empowerment, social emotional learning and higher states of consciousness – both in online courses and her certification programs, live workshops, VIP retreats and 1-1 clients.
Tris Thorp is Board Certified by the Association of Integrative Psychology as a Trainer of Mental and Emotional Release ®, Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnosis, and Mental and Emotional Release ®, a Certified Reiki Master, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Tris is devoted to inspiring and empowering others to cultivate and maintain mindfulness-based lifestyle practices that lead to greater clarity, purpose and fulfillment. Through one-on-one coaching, online programs and live events, Tris specializes in helping people to fully release negative emotions, limiting beliefs and unconscious patterns, enabling them to make quantum leaps into the life they are truly meant to be living.