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Forgiveness - A Gift to Yourself in 2020

Each New Year's Eve the world waits in noisy anticipation for the passing of the old year and the promise of renewal that comes with the tick of the clock, ushering in the New Year. Celebrations abound as we individually and collectively set the intent to release the disappointments of the year gone by, while embracing the hopeful excitement that the coming year will unfold in a more gratifying way. As the clock eases forward, we dismiss the frustrations of the past and open to the possibilities yet to come. Happy New Year!

As I watched this year's televised celebration from the comfort of my living room couch, I reflected on the universal human hunger for emotional release and personal renewal, and how an individualized practice of forgiveness offers a deeper healing process available to us each day of the year. But unlike the holiday's party atmosphere, a dedication to forgiveness requires commitment, compassion and strength, opening us to the potential for profound personal transformation. And Tyler Perry echoes this truth when he reminds us, "it is not an easy journey, to get to a place where you forgive people, but it is such a powerful place because it frees you".

As 2020 gets into full swing, and our lives become too busy again, it may seem challenging to make forgiveness a part of our self-care practice. But with a few moments of focused awareness each night and a gentle breath or two, we can set the intent to release any suffering associated with past resentments and daily frustrations. If our New Year's resolution is for a more fulfilling life, we can follow the recommendation of Bernard Baruch, "one of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody every night before you go to bed". Each day forgiveness opens us to the possibilities of the present moment - truly a gift to ourselves. Happy New Year! Welcome 2020!