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  • Writer's pictureMarty Jalove

Learn how to forgive with Bacon!

Forgiveness is a complex, yet essential concept that is often talked about but rarely understood. At its core, forgiveness is the act of letting go of anger, resentment, and the desire for revenge towards someone who has caused us harm. It is the art of moving on from past hurts and choosing to release the grudges that weigh down our hearts. Many of us struggle with forgiving others who have wronged us, but in doing so, we also end up hurting ourselves. In this episode, we’ll dive into what forgiveness means, its importance, and how learning to forgive can ultimately lead to a happier life.

What is Forgiveness?

Forgiveness is not an easy feat. It is a choice, a decision that we make to free ourselves from negative emotions and thoughts. It is the act of releasing the power that hurtful memories and experiences have over us. Forgiveness doesn’t make everything okay, but it allows us to find peace amidst the hurt. It’s a process that requires healing, empathy, and compassion for us and those who have caused us pain.

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Why do We Need to Learn to Forgive?

Holding onto grudges, anger, and hate towards others not only weighs us down emotionally but can also have severe physical repercussions. Research shows that people who hold onto anger have higher levels of stress hormones, inflammation, and cardiovascular disease. Moreover, when we don’t forgive, we carry the burden of the past and prevent ourselves from moving forward. It's like carrying around a backpack of rocks wherever we go. It limits our ability to experience joy and hinders our relationships with others.

What Happens If We Don’t Forgive?

When we don’t forgive, we often carry the hurtful memories with us, and they continue to impact our daily lives. We become bitter, resentful, and may even start to isolate ourselves from the people we care about. We may also start to form negative and harmful beliefs about ourselves and others. In some cases, not forgiving becomes an obsession, and we may end up seeking revenge or wishing bad things for the person who has caused us harm. All these negative emotions and actions can eventually lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

Learn how to forgive with Bacon!

B - Buy Some Time: Take deep breaths and focus on the present moment. Forgiveness doesn’t have to be immediate. Practicing mindfulness can help you release the negative feelings that arise when you think about the person who has wronged you.

A - Accept and Acknowledge: Accept that you cannot change what has happened in the past nor can you control the actions of others. Embrace the present moment and take ownership of your feelings.

C - Comprehension and Compassion: Practice empathy and try to understand the person who has caused you harm. Often people hurt others unintentionally, and it's essential to see their perspective.

O - Opt for Openness: Be open to forgiveness. It’s not an easy road, but it’s a necessary one for our own well-being.

N - Negotiate Nicely: Communicate with the person who has wronged you. Express your emotions, but also be willing to listen to their perspective. Communicating can lead to a resolution and a way forward.

Aristotle once said, “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Learning to forgive may not be easy, but it is essential for leading a happy and fulfilling life. Forgiveness releases the heavy burdens we've been carrying, and it sets us free. Forgiving ourselves and others can help us cultivate better relationships, improve our mental health, and ultimately bring us a sense of peace. These BACON tips are mere tools, but putting in the work to learn to forgive is what will lead us to a happier life. Let us choose to forgive and set ourselves free.

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