We all have people or circumstances that created grief in our life at some point. What we need to understand is that whatever happened it’s in the past. There is nothing we can do about it and nothing we can do to change it. They’re just an unpleasant memory. Having a memory is not a bad thing because we can use it as a learning curve, but letting that memory change our emotional state is very dangerous.
For what we work to achieve through this program forgiveness is like releasing the parking brake. Imagine you get in the car, you start the engine, put it in gear but not releasing the parking brake. Even though you manage to move the car, you will always feel that smell of hot brake pads and the noise that comes with it and eventually you’ll end up on the side of the road anyway.
“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned” – Buddha
“The act of forgiveness takes place in our own mind. It really has nothing to do with the other person.” – Louise Hay.
“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller
“Let us forgive each other – only then will we live in peace.” – Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy
“Forgiveness isn’t approving what happened. It’s choosing to rise above it.” – Robin Sharma
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” – Nelson Mandela
“Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” – Roberto Assagioli
“Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.”- Tony Robbins
“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energy moving forward together towards an answer.” – Denis Waitley
“Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love?” – Leo Buscaglia
“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” – Jonathan Huie
Start letting go of the old grudges, people and circumstances that happened in the past. Revenge is not the answer and if you don’t plan an act of revenge, why should you wear such weight on your shoulders? Let go! You’ll feel liberated, light and happy!
When you exercise gratitude and recall the things to be grateful for, if you stumble upon negative circumstances, think of what you learned from that and be grateful for it. I’ll add this to our daily practice.
A few days back I suggested you record in your own voice the Self-Confidence statement, the “Gratitude Statement” and the affirmations and I did say we want to avoid falling into an unconscious routine and instead of feeling these statements and affirmations to recite them like poems in kindergarten. We want to feel the words and we want to take this feeling and transmute it on your physical reality.
So, I want to move one more step and upgrade the exercises to more listening, so you can close your eyes and feel the words and feel the joy.
A while back I stumbled upon a guided meditation from Vishen Lakhiani. It’s made quite an impact on me, especially because it incorporates some of our daily exercises as well.
If, after you’re listening to him, don’t feel like it’s resonating with your vibe, just carry on with your daily routine. Here is the recording:
Thank you for reading and… listening.
Love and Peace!