The Greatest Healing Tool in the World
Likely you've clicked this blog post because you are on the path of healing and self discovery. Perhaps you have been walking this path for a long time or maybe you're relatively new to the path of healing.
We are all constantly searching for the next healing tool. Whether it's yoga, breath work, superfoods, grounding or crystals, most of us on the path of healing perk up when we hear about a new modality or tool.
While all of these things are indeed deeply healing and powerful to work with, there's a tool that is far greater than all of these things combined.
If you are looking to transform, grow or heal more in your life, there is one tool that will radically shift your perception of the world and your ability to remain grounded, calm and at peace through everything that flows your way in life. This single tool will support you in living a happy, balanced life.
This tool is Forgiveness.
As cliche as it sounds, I invite you to continue reading.
It doesn't matter how much yoga we do, how many crystals we have in our home or how many hours we meditate if we live our lives feeling weighed down with the burden of anger, resentment or hatred.
The emotions of guilt, rage and contempt are three of the most destructive emotions that a human can feel and likely we've all felt these emotions.
In the healing work I do with individuals as a Naturopathic Doctor, I often witness deep emotional pain and trauma associated with physical manifestations of disease.
Especially when we hold onto old wounds and experiences from the past, we create dis-ease.
Truly the most healing tool I have found in my own life and in the lives of many of my clients has been the simple act of forgiveness. To let go of the pain of the past and to choose to extend love where there was once hate.
Forgiveness is not always easy and this is partly why it's so transformative. When we choose to let go and heal, we allow change to happen.
If you are wanting to tune into the wisdom of forgiveness, here are 3 suggestions to get started ~
1. In a journal, write out the names of things or people that have hurt you in your life. As you write it out, you may feel old anger arise. Read through the list you have created and then after each one, speak the mantra: "I choose to forgive through love." Say it as many times as you need before you begin to feel lighter.
2. Read or listen to the chant Ho'oponono. This Ancient Hawaiian saying means:
I love you, Thank you, I'm sorry, Please forgive me.
This can be read each morning or you can listen to it in the form of a meditation. This is one of my absolute favorite ways to start the day and this is also something I'll recite if I'm feeling upset or angry with someone. I find it helps me remember that we are all human, that we all make mistakes and that we all deserve forgiveness.
3. Recognize that we are all human and all move through this journey we can life to learn. When I began to recognize that every human has imperfections and struggles from time to time, I felt that I had more compassion. When someone would cut me off on the freeway, I'd let go of the need to call them a name or get upset and instead forgive them.
The thing is: we have no idea what it's like to walk in someone else's shoes. Perhaps that person on the freeway just received devastating news or perhaps she just wasn't paying attention and accidentally cut you off.
When we let go of the need to judge and criticize another being, deep spiritual work begins.
As you begin the act of forgiveness, maintain compassion for yourself. You do not need to forgive everyone for everything today or even this year. Forgiveness takes time and that is okay. As you begin to forgive people in your life, you'll likely feel so empowered by it that you'll want to forgive more people, but trust in the flow.
You are supported during this journey.
With deep gratitude,