Forgiveness, the humbling process of letting go of pain, anger, bitterness, shame and guilt about a situation or person, is much easier said than done. Many a time we choose to imprison ourselves with the weight of unforgiveness than to rise above the negativity because it is the path of least resistance.
However, the difference between a negative VS a life filled with love, hope and positivity, lies in one word: Responsibility.
Everyone is given the chance to design our own life. When we blame others for our pain and cling on to the past, we are unable to live in the present and move beyond into our best life. We need to take responsibility for how we react to the perceived wrongs people (or ourselves) have committed, and choose to rise above and release the negative energy.
Only when we let go of the cumbersome negative past can we truly experience liberation and progress forward in life.
Forgiveness affirmations can help you to reprogram your beliefs and make the process of letting go easier. Read these affirmations out loud and let the sound of your voice resonate in your heart and mind. As you do your positive affirmations, spend time to visualize yourself letting go into a balloon all the bitterness and grudge you have held towards yourself, your family, or people who have done you wrong.
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Repeat one or more of these 45 forgiveness affirmations every day. Say them while doing chores or when commuting, when you feel angry, frustrated or sad. As you start to believe in these positive affirmations, it becomes easier to forgive yourself and others.
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.”Nelson Mandela
Forgiveness Affirmations to Let Go of Resentment Towards Yourself
It doesn’t matter how long or how terrible my negative behaviours of the past were. I have forgiven myself and live as a renewed person starting on a clean slate.
I acknowledge my faults and forgive myself completely.
The past is over. I move beyond my mistakes and focus on living in the NOW.
I set myself free and forgive myself of any wrongdoing.
I release the heavy burden of shame, guilt, self-hatred and self-judgement.
I release all stress and criticisms towards myself and forgive.
To err is human. I forgive myself for my imperfections.
I release negative, damaging patterns of thought and behaviour.
I let go of all urges to criticize myself.
When I make a mistake, I stop brooding over it incessantly, learn from it and move on.
I am at peace with myself.
I am capable of loving all of who I am.
I let go of all self-judgment and shame.
Self-hatred does not serve me.
I treat myself with respect and kindness from today forward.
I approach myself with patience and understanding.
I forgive myself for any regrets that I have been holding and remind myself to focus on the present.
Self-forgiveness is a choice, it is a gift of freedom that I give myself.
As I forgive myself, it becomes easier to forgive others
I allow myself to be forgiven.
I am done beating myself up for what has happened in the past.
I exchange my shame and anger for self-love and self-compassion.
I overcome self-condemnation and choose to love myself.
I am loved.
I am forgiven.
Forgiveness Affirmations to Forgive Family Members and Others
Forgiveness is not a weakness, it is a choice to rise above the temptation to go down the pit of misery so that I can experience true emotional and mental freedom.
I release the past and forgive [name] for the perceived wrongs they have done to me.
Every day I have the power to choose, and today I choose to let go of grudge, frustrations and anger against [name of person] and choose to be happy.
The incident that happened between us is in the past forever. I wish the best for you. I hold you in the light of forgiveness. All is well between us. Peace be with you.
Forgiveness is not forgetting or condoning the hurt someone has done to me. It is releasing his behaviour’s hold on my life so that I can move on.
I am capable of moving on from past offences and wrongs people have done to me.
I forgive those who have wronged me and choose to live a life full of love, joy and peace.
I forgive everyone in my past for all perceived wrongs and release them into love.
I step away from the prison of resentment into freedom.
I see and treat my family through the eyes of love, even if we do not completely agree on everything.
I love and accept my family members exactly as they are.
My parents did the best they could. I forgive them for any wrong that they unknowingly did and let go of any grudge against them.
I choose to uplift those who have hurt me in prayer, sending them positive energy and intentions.
My family and I communicate with each other freely and openly, without judgement nor condemnation.
My happiness is more important than being hurt and being bitter.
I give up holding things against others.
My happiness does not depend on others, it depends on me. I choose to be free and happy.
The past has no power over me. I forgive those who need my forgiveness and let go completely.
I face negative and critical people with kindness, compassion, forgiveness and positivity.
I forgive you. I am letting go of what happened between us and am moving on in my life.
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