Have you had enough already on forgiveness? Well, try this on… forgiveness is actually an act of daily hygiene. If we are not doing it, we are storing hurt feelings within ourselves.
My favorite definition of forgiveness is: “ letting go of the notion that there could ever be a better past.” When we have not forgiven the past, the past is being re-lived.
Forgiveness does not necessarily mean reconciliation with the person that hurt you. It does not mean you condone their action. Rather, forgiveness grants peace to the extender.
Chose your perspective on what is happening, and YES you have a choice! Recognize that your primary distress is coming from the hurt feelings, thoughts and physical upset you are suffering now, not what offended you or hurt you two minutes – or ten years – ago. Forgiveness heals those hurt feelings.
One potent way of practicing forgiveness is called Ho’oponopono. It consists of the repetition of the following phrases when hurt feelings are present:
I am sorry.
I love you.
Please forgive me.
I release you.
Get this, we don’t even have to mean it when we say the phrases. Give it a try today! Really, what is to loose, except the present moment and peace? Blessings!