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I wonder if I can ever forgive you . . ***** Writing in her Journal was a gut-wrenching experience for Helen, yet with each page she felt a layer of the heavy burden of her resentment lift. After each writing session, she spent about ten minutes relaxing and breathing deeply. When she felt totally calm, she silently repeated the following words several times: The past is a burden of pain. The present is a gift of forgiveness. I choose forgiveness. In these first few exercises, Helen began moving toward forgiveness.
My resentments protect me from having any kind of decent being hurt again. They keep me relationship with him. I'm sad that from giving him another chance to there's so much distance between disappoint me. us. 6. My anger makes him feel bad 6. When I spend my time trying to and I want him to suffer for what he hurt him, I can't concentrate on the positive things in my life. did to me. Step 2: Now review your list and ask yourself these questions: a. Which is greater, the costs of your resentments or the benefits?
Do they help you achieve a desired goal or do they simply defeat you? Since most of us want what is ultimately best for us, honestly answering these questions can put you in the proper frame of mind for the final stage of forgiveness -- letting go. Here's how it works: Three Releasing Exercises Forgiveness is releasing yourself from the past and facing the future with a renewed sense of freedom. Put more bluntly, forgiveness is freedom. The words "I forgive you" have the power to lift the heavy burden of pain from your shoulders, the power to end years of bitterness and recriminations.