Musings: Memory

Memory Video Reel – Photography by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Love this word “Memory.” Actually, for most it can be a combination of good memories or bad ones.

I tend to have changed my orientation lately in life. I choose to remember only the good memories. It brings me much joy and happiness to know I have had a good life overall.

I have definitely had bad memories, for sure, but now I choose to forgive those people who have done me wrong. It does not make the event acceptable but quite the opposite. I am seeing them as fallible or imperfect people. Most times people are doing their best under their current circumstances, experiences and knowledge.

This is not to accept what is evil or bad. I am not condoning abuse or violence or hate of any kind. I feel those people who have been hurt go around hurting others. It is like they can’t accept what has happened to them so they need to share their misery with other people. I am sorry that some people feel this way and that they act in a negative pattern of continuing to hurt others.

I don’t see the need to carry the past into the present moment. If you can do something about it that is legal and will help your state of mind, then do so. There are rules, regulations and laws exactly to deal with perpetrators. People need to know there are repercussions for their actions

Maya Angelou – Photograph by Getty Images

It is like what Maya Angelou has so famously written: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” These are such wise words of insight into the human character and the development of our spirit.

It does harm to treat people with disrespect and often times, it will boomerang back at you in the same way or intensity. What you give out is what you receive.

As the Bible say in Galatians 6:7 in the King James Version -”Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Essentially speaking. “What you sow, you will reap.”

It makes sense that if you sow the seeds of goodness, that is what you will harvest then. It is your choice in every moment to decide how to think, feel and act. I wish you well in letting go of the past and remembering the good memories or moments of your life!

Mary Mikawoz
February 22, 2023

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Book: Forgiveness

Book by Iyanla Vanzant

Book by Iyanla Vanzant

Book: Forgiveness by Iyanla Vanzant

Book Review by Mary Mikawoz

If you are going to read “Forgiveness” by Iyanla Vanzant, be prepared to do some work. Not only does Iyanla give heart-warming personal stories to make the connection between what has happened in her life to requiring forgiveness, you will be writing responses to questions and learning to tap your problems away with ProEFT.

It is funny because although Iyanla gives space in the book to write, I did not think to actually write in it until half way through. Instead, I rewrote every word of the question section which took a lot of patience on my part. Next time, I would have used the space required.

With the ProEFT, I found it necessary to get more information and so I went to the website run my Lindsay Kenney and looked up more information. I also took advantage of viewing youtube videos that were on her website. I was getting confused between reversal statements and setup statements. I seemed to have figured it out and used it with the karate chop meridian points.

As for the tapping, there are 14 meridian points that are affected. It was interesting trying to go from an intensity level of 10 down to a 0. It took patience and effort.

This book also has a CD in it. I enjoyed the Stillness Meditation and the introductions to the new day. I personally find Iyanla’s voice soothing so I enjoyed listening to her.

There are other stories in some of the daily work. There is a little note above each section to indicate who wrote each section, however, I did not notice it until later and so I was confused about how the story related to Iyanla as the stories were different story lines. Just remember to read all the print.

Overall, this book is a good workbook. My only criticism is that it should have been formatted in a larger workbook format such as “Living in the Light Workbook” by Shakti Gawain. I found it hard to keep the book open to the pages I needed while copying down information. I had to memorize parts to get it transferred properly. Plus, I found it hard to keep the book open on sections that provided very specific tapping instructions on the 14 meridian points which were most helpful and gave me a better direction of what I was supposed to be tapping to. Finally, I would like to say that the tapping process is something that I was familiar with, however, never really truly worked on it. It seemed to work and I will be keeping up this type of work now that I understand it better.

If you are into having more peace and love in your life, I suggest this book for you. If you have enjoyed seeing Iyanla on TV in “Iyanla, Fix My Life” or on Oprah then this book is right in line with her other work. I found I enjoyed “Every Day I Pray” and also “Until Today.” Her work is continuous of the themes she works with in terms of compassion and forgiveness, to name two areas. It is time to move forwards with your life by forgiving everyone for everything.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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