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Forgive & Be Forgiven Today

Forgiveness Day Junes 26th

June 26th Is Forgiveness Day

To err is human, to forgive is divine, as the saying goes. Like most adages, it has a deep truth that has promoted it to common vernacular. Fortunately, we can have the opportunity to be divine ourselves as today, June 26th  is Forgiveness Day.

This day is intended to give us all the opportunities to forgive and be forgiven. While we may immediately think of all of the different ways being forgiven could alleviate guilt in our lives, showing forgiveness can also help lighten our load.

When we harbor ill feelings towards someone, we carry those sentiments around with us. That is why they say not forgiving someone is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. The burden of those feelings can weigh us down, but when we extend forgiveness we free ourselves up to focus our time and energy on more positive, healthy thoughts!

The following advice is from the Mayo Clinic. “Learning To Forgive May Improve Well-Being.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 January 2008.

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Holding a grudge appears to affect the cardiovascular and nervous systems. In one study, people who focused on a personal grudge had elevated blood pressure and heart rates, as well as increased muscle tension and feelings of being less in control. When asked to imagine forgiving the person who had hurt them, the participants said they felt more positive and relaxed and thus, the changes dissipated. Other studies have shown that forgiveness has positive effects on psychological health, too.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting, condoning or excusing whatever happened. It’s acknowledging hurt and then letting it go, along with the burden of anger and resentment.

There’s no single approach to learning how to forgive. Talking with a friend, therapist or adviser (spiritual or otherwise) may be helpful during the process, to sort through feelings and stay on track. An issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource covers four steps that are included in most approaches to learning forgiveness.

  • Acknowledge the pain and anger felt as a result of someone else’s actions. For forgiveness to occur, the situation needs to be looked at honestly.
  • Recognize that healing requires change.
  • Find a new way to think about the person who caused the pain. What was happening in that person’s life when the hurt occurred? Sometimes, the motivation or causes for the incident have little to do with those most affected. For some people, this step includes saying, “I forgive you.”
  • Begin to experience the emotional relief that comes with forgiveness. It may include increased compassion for others who have experienced similar hurt.

Happy Forgiveness Day from The Maria Sanchez Show. We hope you take advantage of the day to release burdens from your life.

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