Forgiveness is one of the most important lessons that all people will have to learn at some point in their lives; those who do not learn how to forgive carry negative and draining energy around. When we forgive, we not only improve our relationships and our own happiness, we also improve our physical and mental health. Here are some strategies for learning how to forgive:
Understand What Forgiveness Is
The first strategy is to understand what forgiveness really is and what it is not. Forgiveness does not mean that you are excusing a person’s behavior, that you have to tell the person they are forgiven, that you are no longer allowed to have feelings about the situation, or that you have to continue maintaining a relationship with the person. Instead, forgiveness means that you are accepting the reality of a situation and learning how to live with it.
Make a Plan for Moving Forward
Forgiveness in certain situations can see impossible, especially when you have been really hurt or are really angry at the person. It can be even more challenging when you’ve held that anger, hurt or resentment for a longer period of time. It builds up a thick skin that seems tough to breakthrough, but it is possible.
Rather than continually putting yourself in the same situation, think about how you can make a plan to move forward; stewing on your feelings will do you no good. Consider the other person and their actions – was this a one time thing? Or do you believe that it will happen again? If the latter is true, what can you do to protect yourself?
Remember that forgiveness doesn’t make the circumstance right but it does give you the ability to have more peace and freedom to move on.
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