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The Weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. ( quotation) Forgiving does not mean understanding, defending, or approving of another person’s behavior or trying to artificially suppress the feelings caused by that behavior. Nor does forgiving mean wiping the other person’s behavior from your memory. Pretending that the hurt, the humiliation, or the injury never happened.

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Forgiving means simply opening the door to your heart again and being prepared to abandon the hope, once and for all, that the past could have been different, and abandon the hope of a past without injustice. Also forgiveness doesn’t mean that you’re condoning someone else’s behavior. This is a really important point. Forgiveness merely means that you are freeing yourself up from the energy blocks that you are holding, those resentments that you are carrying.

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Forgiveness Practice

This ancient forgiveness practice is a path to peace. You can use it to resolve problems or conflicts within yourself or anger at people who have hurt you.

Write or say these four phrases:

“I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

You can say these inwardly, for yourself. You can say them for someone from whom you are estranged; you can say them for someone who has died.

Sit with these four phrases in your heart. Now, feel these wishes for a person whom you need to forgive.

“ I forgive you. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you”

Sit for five or ten minutes a day sending these wishes out to a person or situation. After several days, or a week or two, you will feel an inner shifting of emotion, a lightening of heavy emotions, and a lifting of your spirit.

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