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Confession is one of the many ways of detoxifying the mind. It has its roots in Hindu mythology but today it is mainly practiced in Christianity. Christians usually go to a Church and confesses to the Bishop without disclosing their identity.
In Hindu mythology, confession is a routine spiritual practice. People can confess to their Guru, to their God in the temple or their mentor. One can also confess to a plant (Peepal tree), an animal (dog or a cat) or birds. It is a common saying that taking a dip in Yamuna or Ganga removes all your sins. The dip in water involves a ritual of confessing guilt every time we take a dip.
Giving food to birds is also a form of confession; with each offering, one does a confession. The easiest way to confess is 3 minutes of free writing, which can be done every night. One can tear off the paper afterwards. This involves writing from the heart and not giving time to the mind to think.
People can also confess and de-stress their emotions by writing in a diary or making a folder in the computer and writing.
However, the best confession is to meditate, which is equivalent to reformatting the hard disk and removing viruses and corrupt files from our body computer. Meditating with intent to get rid of guilt washes them over a period of time.
Confession involves the process of forgiving and forgetting. Forgiving is at the level of mind and forgetting is at the level of heart.
(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).