"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - ~Mahatma Gandhi
When we choose to not forgive, and to strap ourselves to resentment, pain, hurt and vengeance, we create a bind that is heavier than steel, and twice as strong. We become exhausted, mentally and physically from having to carry around the weight of this burden. It takes away our smile, our happiness, or hope, our spirit. It scars our heart and our soul.
Letting go is the most freeing act you can do. This doesn't mean you have to cut people out of your life; you're not letting go of the person, necessarily, but rather your own anger and negative feelings. Sometimes people mess up and all they need in order to turn things around, is forgiveness. Even the worst perpetrators you can imagine are worthy of forgiveness. Forgiving doesn't mean you are forgetting.. it is simply a release of the toxic feelings that don't serve you well. This is a fine line, however; you want to be sure you're not enabling bad behaviour or risking your health or safety by keeping certain people in your life. It really is about finding that healthy balance; done with a great deal of insight and level-headed thinking and action out of a place of love.
Understanding on a deeper more spiritual level that everyone has their own journey through life makes letting go of these negative emotions a little easier. It takes a bit of faith and self-confidence to 'let go' and forgive.
In the world of addiction recovery, there is a saying that is "Let Go, Let God". This is a very powerful message in that it teaches those in recovery to let go of the negative feelings that keep them active in their destructive and toxic behaviors; shame, guilt, anger, hatred. Letting go and having faith that all is as it should be, releases the individual from having to carry that burden.
It can be the most liberating act to forgive someone. That simple act, done from the heart, can instil relief and peace to the wounded soul almost instantly. It then becomes clear that this is what the soul wants us to do.. forgive.
Find the strength to forgive those in your life for events and situations that were hurtful and evoked pain. One day perhaps they can offer some further insight into the 'why' and the 'how' behind actions done, but it all starts with forgiving.
~ Love and light
Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Supportive Energy Therapy Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Chartered Herbalist, AcuDetox Specialist, Personal Trainer, Entrepreneur, mom of three..
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