In the middle of an OCD episode I realised how I am trapped by ‘the ghost of poor actions past’ and that to begin to free myself of this affliction I need to own my past in a way which will allow me to finally let it go. With this in mind I ‘stopped’ and declared….
Yes, I have made mistakes in the past. It was never my intention to cause harm to anyone. I am willing to receive forgiveness, and I am willing to forgive.
Saying this out loud greatly reduced the severity of the repetitive action, and I managed to buy myself a little more ‘down time’ before retiring for the night.
For anyone else who experiences OCD, I will not say this will help everyone, but, it may be worth a try.