FORGIVENESS & FREEDOM
Forgiveness is a learned path of freedom.
I was at a large public event when someone greeted me like a long lost friend as they tried to hug me. I had recently ended our friendship after a fraught two years in which she had manipulated truth and maligned me at every opportunity. I was stunned by the dissonance of her greeting.
In an instant I had to choose how to respond.
I stepped back holding my hands up and said “I wish you well.” In the preceding weeks I had been practicing detaching from her and our friendship by offering it to the Universe. As I practiced detaching each day my heartfelt desire for her well-being became authentic.
The result was a reminder that my own path to forgiving this person was a process to be worked through. I knew that nursing an open wound was not a healthy choice. Detachment was a first step toward forgiveness. I could not be responsible for her choices or allow myself to be trapped by them. Forgiveness was necessary to my own freedom and well-being.
In practicing forgiveness:
Choose authenticity over clichéd solutions
Practice detachment from the person
Allow yourself to authentically desire their well-being no matter their toxicity
Be awake to the freedom that emerges when you forgive
Notice how each act of forgiving another is a learning that renews your place in the world.
Share a story about forgiveness here.
How to choose unconditional love – click here to read!
Have you had your holy surprise today? – click here to read!
A New Way to Be Human – available at Amazon, B&N and your local Indie book store.
Click here to watch the book trailer for A New Way to Be Human
©2013 Robert V. Taylor
Leave a Reply
Using Gravatars in the comments - get your own and be recognized!
XHTML: These are some of the tags you can use:
<a href=""> <b> <blockquote> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>