Mary Oliver: Contemporary Mystic, On Forgiving Yourself

Repenting “You do not have to be good. You do to have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.” These words open Mary Oliver’s profound declaration about self-forgiveness, choosing your life, moving on and forward despite regret, sorrow, guilt, having done harm or simply not having done enough to do good. What can this mean when my religious learning says I must repent? What can she mean? I don’t Continue Reading →