The Importance of Forgiveness Even When You Can’t Forget

The Importance of Forgiving Even When You Can't Forget | California Psychics

Learning to Move On

How do you forgive someone? First, it is important to know what forgiving someone means- and what it doesn’t mean. Forgiveness is freeing yourself from the emotional weight of a transgression. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that the betrayal you experienced was okay, that life will go on as normal, or that you must forget.

Whether the transgression was large or small, forgiving someone is important- even when you can’t forget. It is also important to know that you can forgive someone even if they never offer an apology. Being able to forgive is a form of strength and more of a gift to yourself than the other person.

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

While reconciliation can be thought of as restoring or repairing a relationship, it can actually be the start of something completely different. Reconciling with someone after you forgive them is an opportunity for a new chapter with that person. You don’t have to forget what they did, and the relationship you choose to have with them post-transgression may be different than the one you had before forgiving them. Reconciliation is dependent on the ability to regain trust in the person.

Forgiveness and Cutting Your Losses

When forgiving someone who greatly wronged you, it is sometimes important to create and maintain a boundary with that person. There may be no room for reconciliation, and you may choose to cut your losses. Moving on without that person in your life may be the best thing to preserve your mental and emotional health. You are not bound to keep someone around who has harmed you, even if you have forgiven them.

The wound left by the other person may be so deep that you never want to speak to them again. You may even choose to forgive them in your own mind without including them in the process. Ultimately, forgiveness is a journey that can be one-sided if need be.

There may be more than just pain that is wedged between you and another person. You may have lost contact information, or they may have even passed on. In this case, you may choose to forgive them in a ceremonial way or even seek a Medium’s assistance in getting your message across.

Forgiveness in Marriage and Relationships

Forgiveness for a loved one may come easier than forgiving an offense from someone we are not close to. In relationships, we have a deeper understanding of the offending person and therefore can extend a further range of empathy.

We often hear the relationship tip of not going to bed angry. This is advice that is advocating resolution and forgiveness at the end of each day. The ability to forgive and to ask for forgiveness is vital to the health and longevity of a relationship. Marriage is where both people are committed to making things work for the long term. Not forgiving each other can lead to resentments that are like a destructive poison to the foundation of a partnership.

Forgiveness From a Religious Standpoint

In many religions, forgiveness is key both for oneself and for others. Forgiveness in religion often is a path towards enlightenment, spiritual freedom, and peace.

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”- Lewis B. Smedes, Christian Author

“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace” – Buddha

“If you want to see brave, see those who can forgive.” – Bhagavad Gita, Hindu Scripture

Forgiveness for Physical Health

While forgiving someone can help put your mind at ease, it can also benefit your entire body. It may feel like someone has broken your heart, but that pain can lead to physical problems if not resolved. Harboring anger and resentment can affect your mood, but it can also lead to deeper mental health issues and wreak havoc on your physical health too. Of course, any and all medical concerns should be discussed with a medical professional first.

Acknowledging the Feelings Around Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a positive choice that often surrounds many negative emotions. It is important to be able to acknowledge and pass through those feelings in order to be able to forgive. This may look like accepting new truths, mourning losses, and reframing expectations.

Sometimes you may feel as if you aren’t ready to forgive someone. It is important to remember that forgiveness is a process, and processes can take time. It can be helpful to talk to someone on the outside of the situation about what is happening so that you may move into a more positive headspace.

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