“Forgiveness is the healing tool I carry with me everywhere.”
— L.L. Hay
What a powerful statement Louise L. Hay offers for us to contemplate! She continues this affirmation, embracing the idea of enjoying a “feeling of freedom” to remove a “heavy coat of criticism, fear, guilt, resentment, and shame.” This is letting go, allowing us to forgive. Love enters… we begin to heal. Incredibly powerful stuff!
According to the dictionary, “to forgive” is to quit feeling annoyed or resentful toward yourself or others for some perceived wrongdoing, shortcoming or mistake. The American Psychological Association defines forgiveness as “…the unintentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.” The Mayo Clinic website describes forgiveness as “a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge.” Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., renowned clinical psychologist and authority on mindfulness meditation practices, maintains that to forgive is “…giving up all hope of a better past.” Whenever we forgive, we honor our heart’s greatest dignity and bring ourselves to a grounded place of self-love and inner peace, freeing ourselves from the past. Many psychologists recommend that clients extend heartfelt compassion toward individuals who have wronged them, rather than permitt...
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