walking my path of truth

Forgive Others For Yourself

Photo taken by Cheryl Larkin

The only way to learn forgiveness
Is to experience betrayal and then
choose to open your heart anyways.
– Lissa Rankin, M.D.

I came across this quote one day and it really resonated with me and touched me. I have been going through a struggle to forgive lately. I didn’t want to forgive this person because I felt he didn’t deserve my forgiveness.

The crazy thing is that not forgiving him was hurting me way more than it hurt him. In fact I don’t think it fazed him at all, but it caused me a great deal of stress. I was hanging on to my stubbornness and it was not healthy for me.

I finally realized this and wrote a letter of forgiveness to him. I didn’t send it to him. Instead I lit a fire and burnt the letter releasing my forgiveness into the Universe. Forgiving him was never about him so I didn’t need to share it with him.

It was always about me and letting go of something that I needed to let go of. Burning that letter and releasing what I was holding on to was so freeing for me. I no longer stress over him and I have been much happier and healthier since forgiving.

I experienced betrayal and although it took me a long time, I eventually choose to open my heart and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. Next time I need to forgive I will do so much quicker because I know that is the best thing to do for my mind, body and soul.

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