But most of us never learn how to use it.
Instead, we hold onto grudges, we blame other people for where we are in life right now, we point fingers at our parents and say it’s all their fault.
Grudges produce a ton of stress.
Want stress relief? Learn to forgive.
This weekend, since it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow, forgive your mother.
Forgive her for not being perfect. Forgive her for the mistakes she made. Even if she was the worst mother on the block, simply forgive her. Bless her with a prayer of gratitude such as, “I am thankful that you were my mother, and I know you did the best you could with what you knew how to do at the time. I love you and I forgive you.”
Many people hold onto anger after someone dies: how dare you leave me! So even if your mother left too soon, like Bambi’s mother, forgive her for being human and mortal.
As I explain in my book “Forget Your Troubles: Enjoy Your Life Today,” forgiveness doesn’t mean you dismiss harms done or say it doesn’t matter if someone was abusive or cruel. Forgiveness is not the same as saying, “Oh, that’s okay if you hurt me.” That kind of statement shows a lack of self-worth, and is part of the pattern of codependency in which you look for another person to make you feel whole.
Forgiveness breaks the chains that bind you to the past and keep you feeling stuck.
A quick way to feel free and liberated is to readily forgive anyone and everyone who has ever stepped on you or cut you off from what you thought was rightfully yours. Once you are free, you have all that energy to devote to today! You can live your life, easy in your own skin and happy.
If your mother is no longer living, light a candle, hold an image of your mother in your mind or look at her picture and say the statement of forgiveness out loud, either using the above sentence or using your own words.
It’s amazing how powerful the statement is. You will suddenly realize that you’ve been carrying around a huge boulder on your shoulders… and now you are free.
your happiness guru,
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