I respect you regardless of what you have done.
I respect you regardless of what you have said.
I respect you regardless of whether or not you have made me feel anger, sorrow, bitterness, abandonment, shame, or guilt.
I respect you whether or not I can see your inner light.
I respect you whether you push me away or invite me in.
I respect you whether or not you are able to communicate what is within in you.

I forgive you regardless of what you have done.
I forgive you regardless of what you have said.
I forgive you regardless of whether or not you have made me feel anger, sorrow, bitterness, abandonment, shame, or guilt.
I forgive you whether or not I can see your inner light.
I forgive you whether you push me away or invite me in.
I forgive you whether or not you are able to communicate what is within in you.

I love you regardless of what you have done.
I love you regardless of what you have said.
I love you regardless of whether or not you have made me feel anger, sorrow, bitterness, abandonment, shame, or guilt.
I love you whether or not I can see your inner light.
I love you whether you push me away or invite me in.
I love you whether or not you are able to communicate what is within in you.

I respect myself regardless of what I have done.
I respect myself regardless of what I have said.
I respect myself regardless of whether or not I have made myself feel anger, sorrow, bitterness, abandonment, shame, or guilt.
I respect myself whether or not I can see my inner light.
I respect myself whether I push my inner truth away from myself or if I am open to it.
I respect myself whether or not I am able to communicate what is within in me.

I will repeat these words to myself until I stop using the word “but” to explain myself.

This is a translated excerpt from the book Lempeyden Kirja by Sanna Wikström and Reija Könönen

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