Forgiveness: the blessing of peace of mind

“The word forgive is the combination of the words give and for.  When I ask myself what I would be willing to give for peace of mind, I have a new understanding of what it means to forgive.

“I give up attachment to pain and anger in order for me to enjoy a better life.  I give up judgement or criticism of my own past actions for the freedom to live in loving ways.

“I am willing to forgive a past occurrence, realizing that to hold on to the past only hurts me.  I release unforgiving thoughts and replace them with love.  Even situations I will never condone, I am able to forgive.

“I forgive myself and others so I can focus my energy on creating a more peaceful, harmonious world.”

These are the words taken from the April 18th daily devotional called the Daily Word.  I felt that the definition of “forgive” was so right-on.  To allow ourselves to have true peace of mind is to “let go” of the resentments, the scars of preceived injury, and to let the past leave our current thinking.  We replay the injuries we feel have been done to us over and over and over in our minds.  We seem to relish in the pain and the sense of righteous indignation that these hurtful scenarios continue to keep our psychic scars alive.  It’s like picking at a scar we refuse to allow to heal.  The “healing” balm is forgiveness.  Without forgiving these scars will never go away.   It’s almost as if we doom ourselves to forever living in the pain.  The problem with not allowing a “scar heal” is that it eventually leads to serious infection and possibility a more serious health problem.  So it is with resentments with the psychic pain.  These resentments will manifest into greater health issues later in life.  Add all this past baggage to your daily stress and its a perfect ingredient for more serious issues.

What we deny ourselves when we don’t forgive — is peace of mind.  With peace of mind comes authentic joy.  The question you must ask yourself is this:  What do I value more?  My anger and resentment or peace of mind?  It’s your choice and ONLY YOUR choice.

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