Forgiving May Change Your Life


Learn to forgive

“When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.”Catherine Ponder

A few months ago, I began reading a book, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K Truman . I had recently finished the classic book, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay and was fascinated by the thought that emotions can become so tightly trapped inside your body that they actually can manifest as physical ailments.  I hadn’t considered that emotions are a form of energy and that when we don’t allow that energy to be expressed and eventually let go, then we end up holding that emotional energy deep inside, sometimes to the point that we don’t even realize that the full emotion is still there.

Reading these books made me consider more on the issue of forgiving.  Holding a grudge, dreaming of revenge, feeling long-term anger … all these emotions can  poison your inner self and slowly deteriorate the quality of your life.  Constantly reviving the memory of a past wrong forces you to carry a heavy burden of negative emotions, whether you consciously realize it or not.

Forgiveness, then, can be a a selfish act.  Forgiving frees you from the burden of judgment, resentment, and anger. Forgiving allows you to accept the past without running a constant movie in your mind of how it should have been  different.  Your mind becomes clear and free and your focus turns to the present and to the future.   You are no longer tied to the past and no longer have to let your behavior be dictated by something that may have happened years ago.

If you struggle with the burden of your childhood memories, or have angry or bitter feelings about a certain person or an incident that happened, then the one most powerful actions you can take is to learn to forgive. Until you’ve really tried it, you cannot fathom the depth of release and freedom that you will feel when you can forgive another person and, even more importantly, forgive yourself.

Forgiving does not mean that you allow a wrong-doer to go without any sort of consequence for his deed.   Rather, forgiving is letting go of your own emotional turmoil.  Forgiveness replaces angst with peace.

Try forgiving just one thing, and it can be something quite small, and see how much lighter, clearer, and open to love that this one act will bring.

To read the full article, please visit Inner Peace and the Act of Forgiving on our site.

With peace and love,


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