Three Ways to Bring Forgiveness Into Your Life

Forgiveness heals. There’s no doubt about it: countless authors, speakers, and spiritual teachers have made this claim over the centuries, and it’s hard to deny it when you see the practice improving your own life before your eyes.

Some say that forgiveness is the key to happiness, and I’m tempted to agree. So what do I mean by forgiveness? And how do you bring this practice into your everyday life?

Forgiveness means different things to different people, but to me, it’s about letting go of negative emotions tied to a certain person, place, thing, or time of your life. It doesn’t mean that you condone whatever it was that made you upset, in fact it’s quite the opposite: forgiveness means placing your health and happiness above the need to hold onto old grievances.

When you hold onto negativity surrounding a certain person or life event, you create pain, resistance and illness in the body. Without forgiveness, old dust and dirt from our pasts accumulate in our bodies like cobwebs. When you forgive, it’s as if the dust is being swept away to reveal your pure and true nature.

To forgive, you don’t have to have had some super traumatic life event or relationship. You can bring this practice into your everyday life to keep your inner world clean and free of impurities. Check out three ways to bring forgiveness into your life below:

1. Forgive yourself. The way you treat yourself sets the tone for the way you perceive the outer world, so make this one your first priority. You can’t forgive another until you forgive yourself, so let go of any feelings of guilt, self-hatred, or insecurity. Forgive yourself for not being perfect, for not being skinny enough, successful enough, kind enough, whatever enough! Just love yourself and everything will fall into place.

2. Forgive your friends and family. There isn’t a relationship in the world that is free of conflict, and if there is one, it’s probably more of a surface relationship! We all have little niggling problems or recurring fights with our siblings, parents, and close friends, even if you’re not consciously thinking of them all the time. Maybe you’ve always envied your sister, or maybe there’s a specific event from your childhood that still plagues you. Whatever it is, let it go on your next exhale and inhale some lovely, healing breath.

3. Forgive the universe and thank it for everything in your life. Whether it’s the universe, God, Jesus, Allah, or yourself, express your forgiveness and gratitude to someone or something so you can feel lighter and more at peace. I promise this really does work! Close your eyes, breathe, and think of all the things in your life you’re grateful for, or even write them down in your journal. Forgive your life for not being perfect and accept it the way it is for now, even while you work towards a better future.

How do you like to bring forgiveness into your everyday life? Let me know in the comments!

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