Have you ever had a conflict with someone that’s changed your relationship immediately? One that you just find it really hard to get over? I think we’ve all been there, and the worst part of it is, that the longer you hold on to your feelings of anger and bitterness, the longer it hurts YOU! So today, I want to focus on doing good for yourself. In honor of National Forgiveness Day, here are a few ways to keep your spirit bright and beautiful by practicing a little forgiveness.
Did you know forgiveness could help you achieve:
A healthier body: According to the Mayo Clinic, actively practicing forgiveness can have amazing health effects like lowering your chances for high blood pressure, depression, and even substance abuse! So while you’re eating your leafy greens, think about if you need to forgive anyone. And add that into your healthy green lifestyle!
Better relationships: Holding on to grudges or other baggage can actually affect the way you approach relationships with other people. Being open to new relationships greatly increases your chances of happiness—who doesn’t want to make new friends?
A Free Spirit: By withholding forgiveness and acceptance, we give a lot of control to the hurtful situation. We let it bring us down, influence our thoughts and feelings, and affect the way we act in the world. That’s a whole lot of power that we’re giving away! Through the process of acceptance and forgiveness, we release our spirit from these shackles, giving us greater opportunities to explore the capacity that our spirit has for freedom, love, and compassion.
I hope I’ve given you some food for thought! Now let’s go forgive, forgive, forgive!
With love, compassion, and beauty,