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Forgiveness: Food for Health & Happiness

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Forgiveness Exercise

  • Think of a person or situation you have resented and want to forgive completely.
  • Send all of the thoughts and emotions that come up in your head about the person or situation – “this includes past associations, memories, anger, hurt, resentments, etc.” – gently to the heart. As often as these thoughts or feelings pop up in your head again, simply send them to your heart, which is the clearinghouse for your emotions.
  • At the same time, try to feel and send heart energy, love, compassion and forgiveness to the person or situation.

Special Notes about the Exercise:

  • You may have to practice this exercise a few times to bring the old head thoughts under heart management. With heart management, you are actually contacting a different level of intelligence within, known as heart intelligence. Heart intelligence has the power to quickly release old resentments and hurts, change your perceptions and bring you to a satisfying understanding of the situation.
  • Forgiving yourself can be the hardest thing to do. Often people feel that they must remember their wrongdoings and beat themselves up for it, or they will not learn from it. The opposite is true.
  • Often people feel that they are doing “good” by sustaining self-guilt. This is not true and creates a steady running stress deficit within their system. As you practice forgiveness from the heart, not just the mind, you clear the energy drains and reset your system for a fresh start. Sustaining guilt translates into increased aging which moves fast enough on its own

Older Happy CoupleIt’s understandable that it’s hard to forgive yourself or others at times, yet practicing this exercise and making a genuine effort to do so from the heart really can help things work out better for all concerned. I’ve found this to be true in my life and would love to hear your stories of forgiveness.

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Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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10:10PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013


3:31AM PDT on Aug 31, 2013

very nice Thank You

10:01AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013


7:48AM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

I agree: ... we can’t approach forgiveness as some sort of obligation. Forgiveness as an act of duty is not effective.

Wounds take time to heal no matter if the wounds are physical or emotional. Love yourself first and tend to the wounds. Then, once the healing has taken place, you will naturally forgive.

8:48PM PDT on Jul 14, 2013


6:08AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Thanks for this article.

11:01PM PDT on Jul 8, 2013


5:57PM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Forgiving is difficult, but I have learned to place everything concerning everyone in the hands of the CREATOR and let HIM take care of the consequences. Revenge is HIS, not mine. When I look back on the hurtful things people have said and done to me, it only makes me stronger.

Thanks for sharing.....

5:10AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

When you Forgive, You in no way change the past - But you sure do change the future

5:12AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

"Forgive us our debts as (to the same degree) we forgive our debtors."

Make it legal. Go to Creator and ask that all debts owed to you by anyone who ever has hurt you, past, present or future be forgiven completely and they will never have to pay, in any way for any harm real or imagined done to you past, present or future,

I did it several years ago and I keep up to date on forgiveness. Unforgiveness isn't worth the karma. Pain may still remain, Pain is pain NOT unforgiveness. Make it a legal arrangement and the emotions are only emotions,

Free others from karmic debt to you and walk karma free.

Changed my life and the lives of others with whom I shared this karma loop hole,

Of course, we still have lessons to learn but there's a lot of difference between learning your lesson and paying karma to the last penny.

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