How to Let Go and Forgive (Yourself and Others)
I release and let go of that which I no longer need.
I forgive you.
I forgive myself.
Were any of these statements difficult for you to read, actually connect with and believe? If so, don't worry.
To constantly carry dislike, hate, disappointment, anger or any other destructive emotion toward another weighs you down. Even though when you're deep in it it can feel as though harbouring those feelings toward them somehow punishes them for what they did to you or what you perceive they did wrong.
However, it only punishes, stagnates and damages you. The baggage you choose to carry affects you. You can choose to set it down or even just put it in a pocket and carry it with you. It does not have to be front and centre to everything you think, do and feel toward others and yourself.
So perhaps it is something someone did to you, knowingly or not, that wronged you. Forgive them. This releases you from the burden of hate, unjustness and damage.
Perhaps it is something you did or did not do for or to yourself. Forgive yourself.
Release you, set you free again.
Release the need to fix, save or help others who are currently doing little to help themselves. That is their journey. You cannot do it for them. Release them.
This is a lesson that it took me a very long time to learn and one I regularly practice to maintain my lightness of being. It is always a work in progress for me.
One particular area was helping others, to my detriment. I would give, give, give until there is nothing left. Taking no time for or care of myself.
I had to learn to love, take care of and put me first. You can too.
To help but not try to do it for them, not that I really could anyway. To offer support but remember that their issues, their problems are exactly that, theirs, not my own.
In ones of my favourites of Amy Winehouse's songs she said "I can't help you, if you won't help yourself", ahhh it's so true. You cannot rescue someone from themselves, they have to come to it on their own. In their own time.
You can choose to let yourself off the hook also.
You can only work on you.
Breathe (in for 5, hold for 5, out for 5, hold for 5, repeat)
Release them and yourself, put down your baggage, get lighter in your soul, it's ok to let it go.
Here's to you being Happy, Well and Fed (delicious, healthy, inspiring whole foods)
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