"What stories of wrongdoing have you been telling yourself? - stories of letting others down, of performing poorly at work, of not meeting your standards as a parent, partner, friend, human being. If something arises, simply acknowledge it and offer it forgiveness. You might gently place your hand on your heart and whisper 'forgiven, forgiven' or 'it's okay.'. . . [Offer] yourself a prayer or a blessing, a wish for your own peace of heart and mind."