“Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” - Unknown
Holding on to guilt, resentment, blame, and anger is toxic. Literally. These emotions produce a physiological affect on the body that causes physical symptoms, decreases brain function, and causes disharmony in yourself and your other relationships.
Forgiveness isn’t done for the person who wronged you. It’s done for you.
Forgiveness is tough. If it was easy then that would defeat the purpose. We all have someone to forgive. Here’s the 6 keys of forgiveness.
Forgiveness Conduit Technique
Focus your attention on your heart. Imagine that all around you is love. Inhale that love from around you into your heart. Exhale, sending that love from your heart to theirs. Continue until you feel a sense of inner peace.
Inhale love, exhale love. It’s not like you have to manufacture the love inside you. You just breathe it in from the Source of love. And you just breathe it out. It’s not your love to give. You’re just a conduit. From the best version of your self, to the best version of their self.
None of the above keys or the Forgiveness Conduit Technique will be any good to you without the 6th and final key:
6. Be Sincere. If you don’t want to forgive, then you’ll never forgive. It’s that simple. Sometimes we hesitate to forgive because then it’s like we are condoning what was done. But that’s not the case. Forgiveness is not the same as condoning. Forgiveness is something you’ll have to do over and over. You won’t forgive someone in one shot. It’s a choice you’ll always have to make, in every relationship you’ll ever have.
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” - Lewis B Smedes
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