Living Freely on a Diet of Forgiveness
by Janis Richman, RScP
Forgiveness has deeper rewards than excusing someone for how they have hurt us. The deeper healing comes in the exchange our resentment for inner freedom. Mark Nepo
When I have a disappointment or disagreement with someone, and I just casually let it go with the thought, “Oh, that’s just the way they are,” I haven’t really forgiven them. What I have done is swept my feelings under the carpet. If I don’t consciously shift how I feel in my heart, I am still holding that person in the wrong. This resentment lowers my vibration and changes how I navigate in the world. I begin to notice that my light is not as bright, and there is a nagging dullness to my day.
Forgiveness is a mindful act. For me, it means seeing that person as a child of God and holding them in high consciousness no matter what I think they have said or done. It doesn’t mean I condone their acts, it just means I release negativity to enable my vibration to rise. Whether the offense feels big or small, any amount of resentment builds in the heart and affects our vibration — not unlike arteries getting clogged from an imbalanced diet. What I know for sure is that a nourishing diet of conscious forgiveness will keep my vibration high and my path clear. And that includes me forgiving me!
I love to let LOVE express through me towards others and myself.