“If you find yourself feeling remorseful about something you have said or done, or regretting something you feel you should have done, what you must do is learn to forgive yourself. By this I mean that you literally need to look at yourself in the mirror and say with conviction, “I forgive you for the mistake(s) you made, since I now know that you were simply doing the best that you were capable of doing at that time.” It is likewise important for you to acknowledge that everything that ultimately did occur was a necessary part of your soul’s growth.
What you also need to do when you are feeling guilty isn’t necessarily to apologize to whomever you hurt or disappointed, but instead to acknowledge your commitment to never repeating the behavior again. This is not to say that you shouldn’t make an apology for something if you feel compelled, rather, that it is more important to avow that you have actually learned from your mistake.”
Jeff Maziarek, in “Spirituality Simplified”
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