Today's activity is centered around forgiveness.
As a life coach I often see the effects of holding onto grudges and because I can look at things from the outside, I notice how this one act can often hold people from moving forward. One of the most rewarding activities I do with people is to help them work through their feelings of disappointment or anger relating to a past event.
Moving forward from past events does not release anyone of a wrongdoing and it does still allow for anything learned from the experience to remain. Letting go of the past allows the holder to release its grip of the event to allow for an open hand to receive something new and better in its place.
What I find is that holding onto anger or resentment is actually an awful lot of work. It takes time and energy to keep the story of the event playing in one's mind to remember the pain caused and revisit it.
This would be fine if it served a greater purpose, but holding onto the event doesn't prevent it or something similar from happening again. The replaying of the story is a weight that you can choose to shed to allow space for more positive events to be noticed and appreciated.
I encourage you to take time to examine what holding this pain brings you and what benefits releasing it can bring you. Once you have seen what is open for you when you let go of a past event, you may decide to revisit this practice throughout the year.
As we prepare for a fresh new year, I find this an excellent way to arrive lighter and ready for all the great events to come.
I wish you an amazing year ahead and I look forward to the space you can create with this exercise to fill with positive feelings and emotions in the days ahead.
P.S. If you are finding difficulty with this exercise, I recently came across a great article on this very topic and attach it here for your reference.