“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive Everybody.”
– Maya Angelo.
When we desire to live in a space of peace and calm, we need to remember forgiveness is not about the other person. It’s for us. It’s how we can create a life of greatness for ourselves.
Forgiveness is important for people who have been hurt, abused or harmed in some way. This can include anything from a parent who criticized you growing up to a co-worker who sabotaged a project or a partner who had an affair.
For those who have suffered this kind of pain, forgiveness can be a difficult task. But research has shown that learning to forgive can help reduce the amount of anxiety, depression and anger you feel and improve your overall mental health.
Why is forgiveness important?
A healthy person has a high level of empathy, and he or she is willing to accept other people’s mistakes. That’s why people who are more forgiving often have less depression, resentment and anxiety than those who are not.
It’s also why it’s so important to teach children how to forgive others. Studies have found that teaching kids to forgive can reduce their levels of anger and resentment as they grow up, which in turn can help them forge stable relationships and become more compassionate and caring adults.
Some people who have suffered serious abuse or betrayal believe that forgiving another person is wrong and can even be harmful. But the truth is, forgiving can be very healing and even life-changing.
This is because it can help you move past the pain of the offense and allow you to embrace your own happiness, peace and healing.
In addition, it can help you move beyond the power you still have in the situation and reclaim control of your life.
Forgiveness is an act of self-care and healing that can be done alone or in collaboration with a friend, family member or therapist.
You can practice forgiveness by writing in a journal, meditating or talking with someone who is compassionate and wise. You can also find support groups or a spiritual leader who is able to guide you through the process of forgiving.
It’s also important to remember that forgiveness is a process and that it may be necessary to revisit your decision again and again as you work through the issue.
Sometimes, it is hard to forgive a person because they have not repented or changed their behavior. But this doesn’t mean that you should stop trying to forgive them.
The best way to heal from an offense is to forgive the person, yourself and your feelings of resentment and anger. That’s the only way to truly overcome your emotional pain and move on with your life.
If you’re struggling to forgive someone, talk to a professional, therapist or counselor who can help you with the process. They can help you identify what it is about the offense that’s making it difficult for you to forgive and what you can do to change your thoughts and emotions. They can also give you tips on how to forgive in a way that’s healing and healthy.
Remember what others say or think is actually none of our business. We can’t change people’s thoughts or ways of being. But we can change our boundaries and what we receive from them. And finally, forgiveness is for us. It’s for our peace.
Wendy Bjork, founder of HeartsofWellness.com/you is a pioneer in advocacy and mentorship. Wendy is leading a global revolution of women walking in purpose and peace as she illumines their path ahead with the light of HOPE: Harmony, Options, Peace & Empowerment.
She empowers women to step into their boldness, stand in their resilience and own their Truth. Through Wendy’s guidance, they are finally seen, heard and understood.
Wendy has authored two books and co-authored a third, “Fired Up!,” a #1 International bestseller. She is a regular contributor on the PriceofBusiness.com digital platforms and to the National MS Society’s Momentum Magazine. She is regularly invited on discussions, podcasts, interviews as she shares her story and hope to inspire others.
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