A Life to Live – Shirley's Blog

  • 10:10:44 am on August 13, 2015 | 0

    Training the Mind to Forgive

    Forgiveness isn’t always something that comes easy, rather it’s considered very difficult by many! There’s a saying that forgiveness isn’t so much something you do for another person, rather it’s something you do for yourself. This is absolutely true, especially in terms of our minds and day-to-day mindsets!

    The Challenge of Forgiveness

    Perhaps the greatest challenge of forgiveness is people often play hurtful events and words over and over again in their minds, which stirs up angry feelings. It doesn’t take long to find yourself in a full-blown rage when in “replay” mode, and feel just as hurt and upset as when the incident occurred. But what is actually happening when we go over the past in such a way? All we’re doing is hurting ourselves and severely injuring our mindsets. The person or people involved in the hurtful event don’t know you’re replaying what happened, so it certainly isn’t affecting them in any way. What it is doing is affecting you–anger and stress have physical, emotional, and mental ramifications that range from the mild to the severe.

    Many, Many Benefits

    Training the mind to forgive offers a slew of fabulous benefits, each of which contributes greatly to a happy, healthy mind. Holding onto anger and resentment from past hurts does nothing to help you, rather it festers in the mind and heart, and often spills out in our words and deeds. Failing to forgive eventually becomes a habit that undoubtedly makes others wary of us and the negative energy we’re emitting.

    Forgiveness fosters a better sense of self, a happier, more peaceful mindset, and positivity that’s simply infectious. It’s a way to quit focusing on what’s already happened, because it’s done. It’s over with. And unless you invent a time machine, there’s nothing you can do to change it except forgive and move on. Think about it: would you rather be angry and hold onto the past, or enjoy a happy mindset and remain concerned with the here and now?

    Wrapping Up

    Learning to forgive is a great way to let go of the past and stay concerned with both the present and the future. Another saying absolutely applies to training the mind to forgive: “Anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Remaining angry or hurt about past events isn’t helping you. It’s only hurting you.

    For more on changing your mind and changing your life, please contact me today at A Life to Live.

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