The Freedom To Forgive: Mac's Story
Before meditation, I would often get into fights with my friends. What would start out as a small thing, often blew up into a big fight. The fight often began over a small misunderstanding, erupted into an angry exchange of words, followed by weeks of silence, often dragging on for months. In the fierceness of the moment, anger clouded my judgement. I felt betrayed and beneath it all, hurt. My reaction was to lash out and attack, like an animal scared and cornered. And it all seemed justified in the moment.
Later on, when the dust settled, my anger no longer boiling over, I regretted the words I spoke. I missed the friendship, the allies who walked by my side in this unpredictable world. But forgiving was really hard for me. Perhaps, because I didn't trust many people and so those that I let in, I held to a very high standard. And so I went through life, carrying this pain, this anger, sometimes losing allies along the way.
Forgiveness is defined as a process where an individual stops feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.
Nelson Mandela said: "Forgiveness liberates the soul, it removes fear. That's why it's such a powerful weapon."
If forgiveness is so powerful,
why are we not doing it more often?
I’m sure we all would love to forgive if we could, right?
So, how can we?
The answer: meditation and forgiveness go hand in hand.
How does meditation help us to forgive?
In order to understand, we need to turn our attention to our mind. We need to think deeply about what is actually causing those emotions? What is actually causing the anger? Is it simply the event itself? Surely not, because if it was, then everyone who was part of that event would feel the same way. But, that's not the case.
How Does The Mind Work?
Watch the video below to find out.
Meditation Is The Key To Breaking Free
Think about a time when someone hurt you, someone you really cared about. What if 10 years down the road you see that person? Those strong feelings would come back, but probably that person will have forgotten what did or not even realize that they hurt you all those years ago. That person is perfectly happy.
You are the one who is suffering. You are the one chained to your emotions because of something that happened in the past. When you are able to break free from those emotions and thoughts, then that is like breaking the chain and flying like a bird.
Forgive Yourself Meditation & Meditate To Forgive Someone
Break Free From:
Because the pictures aren't real, they only exist in your mind, you can throw them away.
This meditation has the method to discard pictures. This is a meditation to let go of anger and any other feelings you may be carrying. This guided meditation for letting go will help you to move forward. And when you do, you can forgive, find peace within and live your life to the fullest.
Watch the video below to learn more about how meditation can help you.
When you google forgiveness, the image of chains breaking comes up.
Why breaking chains?
If we think about it, if we are able to forgive and no longer feel that anger, that is freedom from our own emotions, right?
How Did Meditation Help Mac
After meditating, I no longer held onto things in the same way. Also, my perspective changed and so the way I saw the world changed and how I interacted with others. When I would fight with a friend, I could look back on my life and see where this picture was coming from and I could understand why I was reacting this way. Because of this, I had fewer fights and when I did fight, it wouldn't go on for months. I learned to forgive and really let go and so now I'm happier and most importantly, I'm free from the anger that chained me for so long.
If you'd like to learn to forgive, please give this meditation a try. You won't regret it!