The tradition of yoga offers a three-step approach to getting rid of guilt: moral vigilance that does not allow the commission of evil deeds; internal cleansing from the negative effects of the past and self-forgiveness.
This is a very simple advice, although it requires constant internal work. You do not allow guilty feelings to arise by avoiding unethical behavior. By observing the moral principles of the pit and niyama, you gain freedom from guilt. Followers of yoga refrain from knowingly harmful acts for two reasons. Firstly, for the benefit of other beings, and secondly, for selfish reasons: following the "moral code" of yoga, we avoid the torment of conscience that invariably arises when we hurt others.
Many schools of yoga believe that the behavioral and mental algorithms of the past, including the habits instilled by the family or society, covertly program our current thoughts and actions. Who you are, what you do, as you think, are largely determined by this internal mechanism. We are inclined to this or that type of behavior because there is already a certain steady tendency in us that forces us to move along the rutted track. However, in yoga there are many practices designed to get rid of karmic chains, including the bonds of old guilt. Pranayama, mantra recitation and meditation are especially effective. A yogic panacea for an established guilt is tapas, that is, zeal and zeal in practice. Tapas literally means “heat,” or “burning out.” Just as the high temperature helps the body cope with the infection, the internal heat that arises during intense pranayama exercises or when reciting mantras burns up hidden prints that provoke guilt. Along with internal practices, it is important not to forget about karma yoga. For example, if guilt is associated with the appropriation of someone else's, you can focus on offering their belongings and money to those who need them.
The decisive step in eradicating guilt is pronouncing the words “I'm sorry.” You may not even know what exactly you are asking for forgiveness for - if guilt sits deep and is rooted in the past. However, the person you are addressing is always the same: it is you. You can ask for forgiveness from your higher Self, the divine Self, or your inner Buddha. It is important that your message is addressed to yourself. You can write it down on paper - in the form of an expanded letter or a short request. It may look something like this: “Dear higher“ I! ”Please forgive me for all those times when I did not listen to the voice of my heart. For all the harm that I did, both knowingly and accidentally. I apologize and I believe that I am forgiven. " And then throw a piece of paper into the fire and feel free.