Let’s be honest, forgiveness can sometimes be one of the hardest things in life to do. And as uncomfortable as forgiveness might be, it’s one of the most important aspects of your spiritual well-being. There isn’t spirituality without forgiveness and forgiveness can lead you down a path of spiritual happiness.
Most people are reluctant to forgive out of fear of overlooking someone’s wrong-doing and giving them the “ok” to do hurtful things, but in actuality, it’s the complete opposite. As you continue to grow spiritually it’s important to keep a couple of things in mind when it comes to forgiveness.
The misconceptions behind forgiveness.
There are a lot of misconceptions that revolve around forgiveness, and none are productive to your spiritual journey or well-being. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone someone’s behavior. It doesn’t mean you have to reconcile or befriend someone who has treated you badly, and it doesn’t mean you have to forget what happened to you. Your spiritual well-being lies in peace and by harboring anger and resentment, you rob yourself of experiencing that. Forgiveness isn’t about anyone other than you, and once you reach that level of understanding, it will be easier to give.
The spiritual benefits of forgiveness.
There are so many amazing benefits of forgiveness to our spiritual well-being. First and foremost, forgiveness invites calmness into our lives and brings peace to our spiritual being. Having calmness frees us from the anxiety’s resentment can hold on us. With less anxiety comes less stress, and hostility. Forgiveness can lead to healthier relationships, improved mental and emotional health, and restored self- esteem. Through forgiveness, you can take back any power a situation or person may have had over you. It will allow you to tap into your inner strength and to use your power to look at life and people through a different kind of lens.
How to practice forgiveness.
Because we are in tune with our own spiritual well-being, it’s important that we keep a forgiving nature. In order to do that we have to know when to let go and practice forgiveness, and that means putting all pride and stubbornness aside. When you choose to forgive, you are making the conscious decision to move forward on your spiritual path. As hard as this choice may be, it’s going to require a different level of faith and understanding to achieve.
Forgiveness is going to involve you taking responsibility for your emotions, accepting the past for what it is, and separation from anything that has the potential to hurt you. Once you can separate yourself from the act or person, you will elevate yourself to the light and freedom forgiveness has. Things that you can do to help you in your forgiveness process include praying, meditation, and journaling your thoughts.
It’s so easy to hang on to hurt, especially when it involves someone you really cared about. If you let it, the negative emotions that come with hurt will swallow you. Next thing you know you have become a prisoner of your own bitterness. Your spiritual well-being is too precious to be torn apart by hurt and you don’t have to let it. Choose forgiveness because of what it will do for you and not what it may mean or look like to anyone else.
You will have your own unique process when it comes to forgiveness. Allow yourself to feel any emotions that come with it. It takes an incredible amount of strength, compassion, and understanding to practice forgiveness. Can you think of anyone in your life you could extend forgiveness to? Look inside your heart and free yourself of a burden.