Is It Really Possible to Forgive and Forget?

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Is It Really Possible to Forgive and Forget?

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Is It Really Possible to Forgive and Forget?

While you may not be able to forget the pain that someone or something has caused you, it is possible to forgive. Forgiveness is essential for your own growth and evolution as a person, and helpful to the person who has harmed you as well. Learn about what forgiveness really means, and how to get to the point of forgiveness so that you can bring more happiness into your life as a result.

What Is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is the ability to fully accept someone’s wrongdoing; to let go of anger, resentment, and hate; to say goodbye to feelings of negativity and say hello to a lighter and happier way of being.

Release Anyone Who Has Harmed You

Most people spend years holding onto past hurts and pains. YEARS! Often, the person who committed the wrongdoing doesn’t even know you are holding a grudge, so the only person that hurts is you.

Focus positively on your intention of putting aside the pain and anger.

Repeat this affirmation: “I accept what has been done. I release you from my life now, and I release my anger and frustration.”

He/She Is Your Teacher

Beneath the pain, there’s always a life lesson that plays out—look for what he/she inadvertently taught you, and begin to focus on that lesson instead of the pain of the memory.

Maybe the lesson is to be more selective of whom you trust and whom you don’t, or maybe the lesson is to improve how well you communicate with someone.

If someone broke something of yours, maybe the lesson is to not be so concerned over your possessions, or maybe it’s to be more careful about whom you loan things to!

Lessons aren’t always EASY to learn, but they can and often do show up in the form of someone doing something that makes you angry. Everyone and everything is a lesson, and the hardest lessons bring about the toughest teachers.

Practice the Light Switch of Resentment and Jealousy

This quick and easy visualization can help you control your emotions. Use it any time you need to forgive someone and are having a hard time doing so

When thoughts of anger pop in, close your eyes and imagine a light switch in the “off” position. Now imagine turning the light switch to “on,” and fix that negative thought to be something positive about the person, or what he/she contributed to your life in a good way.

Open your eyes, and feel better about yourself and the choices you’ve made!

A Few Last Words

Forgiveness usually isn’t something that can happen overnight. When you commit to having a positive attitude, you can eventually be grateful that what they’ve done to you has allowed you an opportunity to grow, and you will reach a point of forgiveness. Use these suggestions to get you there as quickly as you are ready for it.


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