Tuesday 11 December 2018

Mindful moment… Set fire to your grudges

'Let go of the past, let go of blaming and start anew'
'Let go of the past, let go of blaming and start anew'

Marianne Power

This year, I did not make any new year's resolutions.

I did not sit down at the beginning of this month and make declarations about giving up sugar or alcohol that were unrealistic for me. Neither did I join a gym.

However, there is one thing that I did do to make sure that I started 2018 on a fresh page and from a positive place - and that is a forgiveness exercise.

To do this, I sat down and composed a list of all the grudges that I'm holding on to, all the jealousies and all the resentments that have been festering for years.

And then, on a second page, I wrote a detailed list of all the ways I've done other people wrong - because as much as I wish it were otherwise, I know that I have hurt others as much as they have hurt me, even if I haven't meant to.

Then, I burned both lists and let go; let go of the past, let go of blaming and started anew. I know this will be more life-changing than giving up sugar or joining the gym this year.

* Marianne Power is the author of helpmeblog.net

Irish Independent

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