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Forgiveness is not about saying “It’s Okay”. Jack Kornfield says it best when he mentions, “Forgiveness is giving up all hope that the past will be better.”
I couldn’t say it any better than how Jack Kornfield explains it in the following video, so I will just ask that you take about six minutes of your time to view it and reflect on what he has to say about the topic.
I especially like when he says, “Forgiveness can also be a way of saying, No More!” He also mentions that you don’t have to confront the person or ever tell them you decided to forgive, you can choose to never engage with them on any level ever again because it’s not something you do for them, do it for you.
Spring Cleaning and the Business of Forgiveness
- An act of forgiveness can clean and refresh your mind, body and spirit. It can cleanse you of that heavy, oppressive energy of holding on to what was done to you.
- It can be the deepest type of spring cleaning that you could possibly gift yourself with.
- If you aren’t in the practice, start small with someone that perhaps is easier to forgive and then work up to forgiving those who have trespassed the most deeply in your life.
Spring Cleaning Quick Tips for Forgiveness:
“I release you into that unfortunate past and now turn my eyes to the future without you disturbing me in any way.”
Repeat as often as needed.
Who to Forgive?
Anyone that is living rent free in your head. Evict them with forgiveness.
You will feel as if your future, without the resentment, pain and bitterness haunting you has a greater opportunity to bring you health and happiness. You will finally be free to allow your full focus to turn to what you love and what you hope for in life. This is where your energy deserves to be directed.
I can find no greater way to get some spring cleaning done, can you?
This is a beautiful meditation by Jack Kornfield and a great way to build up those forgiveness muscles: