According to Mayo Clinic research, embracing forgiveness and relieving yourself of past pains plays a vital role in our Physical, Emotional and Spiritual health.
On the Physical level, letting go of the past boosts your immune system, lowers your blood pressure improving heart health, relieves acute and chronic pain, improves digestion and balances your hormones. Emotionally, forgiveness reduces stress, anxiety and hostility, enhances self-esteem, increases compassion and opens us to better relationships. On the Spiritual level, we feel re-connected with our closer and wider environment, our world expands and we are open to hear the innate guidance on how to proceed every day in alignment with our greater purpose.
Yet for many, forgiving and letting go doesn't come spontaneously. I would like to share with you the practice I have developed and find really easy to follow.
Sit quietly and take a few deep breaths. Allow the body to relax and calm down. Then think of a person you deeply love and appreciate or a moment in time when you felt profoundly happy and uplifted. Take time to notice how your body feels when you hold these images in your mind. Stay there, immersed in this sensation and acknowledge how good it feels. Hold it for a while and be grateful for the experience. Then slowly bring in the image of a person or experience you are wanting to forgive and let go of. Notice how your body feels now. Notice the difference.
Next, become fully aware and clear about two things:
Firstly, that on your human level of awareness you can never know all there is to know about the person or experience that you hold negative emotions about. So allow some space for a possibility of there being circumstances that you are unaware of but that would make you understand and see things in a different way if you knew what they were.
Secondly, understand that holding on to the negative feelings and memories only ever hurts You - only You can feel your feelings. This actually goes as deep as affecting your body's chemistry, choking the very life that wants to be lived in and through it. It also keeps you stuck, feeling burdened and unable to progress in life and this will show in the areas of your health, relationships, creative expression or professional success and rewards.
So make Forgiveness a Habit! Take 5 minutes daily to apply the above practice and see your life shift. Practiced for 30 consecutive days, you are guaranteed to experience progress in the areas where your life seems stuck and stagnant.
I warmly invite you to commit to 30 days of completing this exercise - ideally doing this first thing every morning. Please do not let the simplicity of it deceive you in thinking it can't be enough to really make a change in your life!
Let me know that you are taking this on by leaving a comment or contacting me directly via email. I would love to hear about your experiences.
To your greatness!