Forgiveness Ritual that Changed my Life

fire-1073217_960_720We all know the effects of holding grudges and bad feelings toward ourselves and others–it weighs us down and holds an icky place in our heart. But how do we let that stuff go? I used to be a big grudge holder. I came to find out that this was the result of my own insecurities, feeling like what other people did to me was about me instead of simply being  about their own human limitation.

To let all this go, I wrote down the name of every person who I felt had wronged me on a little slip of paper. Then I held it over my sink and thanked this person for what the experience had taught me, like how to be stronger or more compassionate. Or how to take the high road, or how to trust my intuition. I found one positive thing. Even if it was just giving me the chance to practice forgiveness. Then I lit that little paper on fire while blessing this person and myself. My anger literally  went up in smoke! Instead of anger I felt love for them and myself. That bundle of  burdens that I had been carrying for so long was released. And my life changed profoundly.

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  1. This is beautiful. I wonder if you’ve heard of “40 Years of Zen?” There is an interesting article on it here: blog.mindvalleyacademy.com/vishen-lakhiani/40-years-of-zen Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I have been trying to release and forgive people and myself for years but it always seems to come back, Iv done forgiveness meditations, had reiki, become a reiki healer which is on hold at the moment as I am down. I will try writing and burning tonight thank you for posting xx

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