Thanks, EA and ignatius. Both were intriguing pieces of information.
The main reason I bring this up is because of this Sufi article talking about repentance. http://www.mirsufi.org/en/talks/Seven%20Stages%20-%20Repentence%20(020514).pdf
I'm usually intrigued by Sufism, particularly how close it is to Orthodoxy (and how much its roots belong to the Orthodox monastic life). In that article they talk about a repentance-of-the-repentance. And it is that which I outlined above, re: disregarding God's splendour and repenting of that.
Here's my take on it: To take what you're saying, I think we can draw a parallel. Within at least a temporal realm, we are continually falling and getting up - becoming too engrossed in ourselves. We choose to not remember God ("I remembered God, and I rejoiced" - Psalm something) and thus we sin. We fall. We get back up. And it is this that we should "continually repent," not only because of those specific deviations but because of our overall inability to partake fully, continually, "around-the-clock" of His Divine Grace. Through this, through our self-abasement, and through that paradox of ultimate humility of self = ascension up the Ladder do we finally come to that perfection: theosis.
Tell me what you think, and please do look at that article. There is some in it that seems to agree with Orthodox thought on the relation of the soul and its Creator - then there are other weird things like:
Now, being aware of the fault is one thing but to be completely absorbed by that fault is another. You have to be detatched in your observation, be detatched from faults; otherwise your conciousness is not going to develop strength to deal with those faults. Don't become bogged into them, feeling guilty, or you could end up like a religious person wanting God to forgive his sin.
I would agree to the point that we shouldn't make some sort of self-pity party over our sins; despairing wont get us anywhere. What we need to do is surround ourselves in true humility, acknowledging our sin and our [great] capability to sin, and then surrounding ourselves, our hearts with Christ and His all encompassing Spirit so we can continue on tomorrow to carry out His holy will. Then again, I'm not sure what most of this article is saying, as it seems rather ambiguous (or downright strange, cf. the "end up like a religious person wanting God to forgive his sin")