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The Healing Power of Forgiveness: Letting Go of Resentment

"If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive." Mother Theresa

On the third day of the countdown to Christmas, my true self gives to me: the permission to forgive others and myself. We often hold grudges against those who are long gone from our lives. I often say this metaphor to those who cannot forgive: "A man drinks poison in the hope of seeing another die." Resentment destroys our humble servants; mind, body, and soul. Forgiveness is for the forgiver.

As a teacher, I worked with students and teachers to reflect on their inner dialogue with themselves. Who do we talk to the most in the world? The answer is yourself. How you talk to yourself can show up in negative stress. This is a classic example of mind and body coming together to heal or coming together to break us down.

Who do you have to forgive? Today, take a moment to write down the name of someone you need to forgive. Think of that person's name and then let it go. By letting it go, you can now move forward in peace. If you need forgiveness, take a moment to consider that we are all imperfect. Imperfection is human nature. Tell your heart and mind that you are worthy of letting go of anything that stands in the way of your peace.

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