Forgiveness is the Path to Peace

Forgiveness is a funny thing. It can be so hard sometimes, yet when we do not forgive we only harm ourselves by creating a home for resentment to reside, tying ourselves to the past, and not letting go of destructive emotions. Forgiveness does not mean what happened was OK, and it does not mean that person should still be welcomed in your life. It just means you have made peace with the pain, and are ready to let it go. It takes a person with character to forgive. When you forgive, you release oneself from a painful burden.

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
-Maya Angelou

If you cannot learn to forgive, you can forget about getting to higher levels of awareness and mindfulness. When you love yourself enough to rise above old situations, then understanding and forgiveness will be easy. And you’ll be free. It’s about returning back to a centered place and focusing on love as opposed to anger and bitterness.

Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.
-Roberto Assagioli

Do not let your emotional mind control you, give attention to your wise mind so you can think clearly and free oneself from the burden of negative thoughts and feelings. Holding a grudge towards someone or a situation is only adding more fuel (negativity) to the fire (heated situation), which in turn does not solve the problem, but feeds it and makes it worse.

It takes a strong person to objectively evaluate a tough situation and return to a place of love and forgiveness in order to move on and enjoy all life has to offer. You hear stories about people forgiving people on their death beds, and that’s great, but why do we have to wait until our death beds to release and let go. Why does it take us staring death in the face to offer forgiveness when we have the freedom and the ability to let go, forgive and be happy now. Be mindful the next time you notice these negative feelings creeping up and remember you have the power to acknowledge, release and move on NOW.

Forgive and let go, forget and move on.

Sources: Quote Garden/Brainy Quotes


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