Forgiving Yourself Meditation: A Guide to Letting Go of Guilt and Embracing Self-Love

In this meditation, you will learn how to release guilt, cultivate self-love, and find inner peace. Whether you've made mistakes, held onto regrets, or struggled with self-acceptance, this practice will help you let go of the past and embrace your worthiness. Find a quiet and calming place to listen to this meditation, and if possible, light a candle as a gentle reminder of your intention.

The Power of Ho'oponopono

Ho'oponopono is an ancient Hawaiian prayer for forgiveness that centers on the idea that we create and are responsible for our own universes. It teaches us that whatever we experience, we are responsible for, and if we don't like it, it is up to us to find a way to change it. Ho'oponopono is not about feeling guilty or being alone in the world; instead, it offers us a chance to examine our reactions, thoughts, and beliefs, and find positive solutions to even the most pervasive problems in our lives.

The Four Phrases of Ho'oponopono

This meditation will guide you through the four phrases of Ho'oponopono: I am sorry, I love you, please forgive me, thank you. Each phrase holds a powerful intention and can help you release self-judgment, cultivate self-compassion, and invite forgiveness into your life.

I am sorry

Imagine holding a dandelion in your hand, one that has gone to seed. Take a moment to observe the tiny tendrils that make up the fluffy white dome. As you do, feel compassion welling deep within your belly, warming you from the inside out. Say to yourself, 'I am sorry,' acknowledging any pain or harm you may have caused yourself.

I love you

Place your hand gently on your heart, feeling the warmth and love radiating from within. Repeat the phrase 'I love you' to yourself, allowing unconditional love to flow towards every part of you. Embrace your flaws, imperfections, and past mistakes with love and acceptance.

Please forgive me

Take a moment to reflect on what you are asking forgiveness for. It could be a specific action, a pattern of behavior, or a belief that no longer serves you. When you are ready, offer yourself forgiveness. Let go of any guilt, shame, or self-blame, and grant yourself the freedom to move forward with compassion and understanding. Feel a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to forgive, heal, and grow.

Embracing Self-Forgiveness

This meditation invites you to explore areas of your life where you may need to forgive yourself. It encourages you to let go of self-judgment, release past mistakes, and cultivate self-compassion. Here are some specific areas you can focus on:

  • Body image and self-acceptance
  • Relationships and self-worth
  • Unmet expectations and self-forgiveness
  • Guilt and letting go
  • Trusting your intuition and self-compassion
  • Overcoming negativity and embracing your higher purpose
  • Creative blocks and self-forgiveness
  • Self-care and self-compassion

Take a few minutes to reflect on any areas where you may still need to forgive yourself. Offer yourself forgiveness without reservation, knowing that you are deserving of your own love and compassion.


As this meditation comes to a close, remember that you are completely forgiven. Carry the spirit of Ho'oponopono with you as a token of your worthiness and value to the world. Embrace self-forgiveness, cultivate self-love, and let go of the past. You are deserving of peace, joy, and inner harmony.

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