Looking for a reason to finally put that old grievance away and lock it up for good? Let me give you a few to lighten your emotional load.
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1) To Have Freedom
When we refuse to forgive a person, we are making ourselves the victim. On the other hand, when we do forgive someone, we become freer. In this sense, forgiveness is something we do for the sake of our own inner freedom.
2) To Live in the Present
Refusal to forgive has us playing out some outdated story from the past. Whoever once wronged us, isn’t wronging us now. What we’re upset about is the story that’s playing over in our minds—taking us out of the present moment and into the past. Therefore, we forgive in order to live our lives in the present moment.
3) To Let Go of the Old
Our grudges and grievances tie us to old and outdated patterns. They tie us to old stories and past identities. We’ve grown and changed, and aren’t the same people who experienced the particular grievance which happened years ago. Rather than looking for meaning in these stories of old, we need to let them go, in order to move forward and live our lives being the person we are now—not then.
4) To Release Our Grip on the Negative
Every last one of us holds onto old grudges which reside in our precious cells. These grudges are triggered unexpectedly—by an unkind word, a tone of voice, a careless look. These are deeply rooted emotional patterns that you might be holding onto when you refuse to forgive someone. As spiritual beings, it’s important that we choose to shift these patterns, so that we can live in the now and experience our relationships through the present moment.
So, do your best to forgive everyone and everything—even your deepest and darkest fears. Release your ego. Drop into your heart, and find the openness to heal. You’ll wind up feeling so much lighter when you do!
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