“I can’t believe she said I that about me. I thought she was my friend. The nerve of her. She is going to get what she deserves.”
“My husband asked me what I do all day. He has no idea what it takes to run a house. How could he treat me that way?”
“My boss gave my coworker a promotion even though I am the one who did all the work on the project. I think it is time I quit.”
“I just lost my temper and told my daughter that I want her to move out and never come back. Now I regret it. How can I live with myself?”
“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
We can experience many different emotions on a daily basis. Negative emotions can cause emotional wounds that stir up anger, frustration, guilt and regret. Negative emotions may cause stress, anxiety, and depression, which can also lead to physical ailments. Negative emotions affect a person’s productivity, focus, and self-esteem. “Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.” Roberto Assagioli
This month for my 20/20 FREEDOM series, I am focusing on FREEDOM IN FORGIVENESS. Yes, it is a touchy topic. Yes, it hurts. Yes, I am going there. Why? Because when someone hurts us or we hurt ourselves, what we may not realize is when we refuse to forgive we are actually hurting ourselves, not the person we are refusing to forgive. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Louis B. Smedes
And every time we think about the incident or talk about to “just one more person,” we are reliving the moment over and over again along with all the emotions associated with it. “Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.”
So why not live in FREEDOM? Forgiveness is a powerful way to heal. Forgiveness sets us FREE from toxic emotions. Not only that, but research shows that the act of forgiveness reaps HUGE physical and mental health benefits such as:
- Healthier relationships
- Improved mental health
- Less anxiety, stress and hostility
- Lower blood pressure
- Fewer symptoms of depression
- A stronger immune system
- Improved heart health
- Improved self-esteem
- Reduced pain
- Improved cholesterol levels
- Improved sleep
“Forgiveness isn’t approving what happened. It’s choosing to rise above it.” – Robin Sharma
This month I am honored to support a local PTSD Veteran’s group with essential oil therapy. We are working together through the act of forgiveness. It is a process, but it is amazing to watch freedom and joy unleash using a combination of evidence-based techniques and essential oils to release toxic emotions, overcome emotional barriers, and experience JOY. I enjoy helping my clients improve productivity, focus, and physical wellness by breaking through the emotions that hold us back from being the best person we can be. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”
My belief in the emotional benefits of Young Living essential oils happened when our family experienced a traumatic incident that required me to quickly practice forgiveness or the incident would have left me stagnant, afraid, and emotionally toxic. The molecules of the essential oils access the limbic system in the brain through the olfactory receptors. I was truly amazed that the same day the incident happened, I slept like baby. When flashbacks of the incident came to mind and I started to feel the crippling sensation move through my body, I used prayer and my essential oil regimen to help me work through my anxiety and fear. Understanding the the basic chemistry of essential oils helps to understand why essential oils work for emotional and mental support “Forgiveness is like faith. You have to keep reviving it.” Mason Cooley
So what is my essential oil spotlight for the theme of forgiveness this month? My choice is Young Living Forgiveness blend. Forgiveness is a blend of therapeutic essential oils including Melissa officinalis (Melissa), Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium), Boswellia carterii (Frankincense), Santalum paniculatum (Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood), and other essential oils to help create a calming and uplifting experience when forgiving others and yourself. Place one drop in the palm of your hands, cup hands over your nose and mouth, and inhale deeply and exhale. Repeat. You can also apply a drop to the wrists, back of ears, and/or the base of the neck. I like to use forgiveness during my prayer time and I also keep it handy to help me overcome those daily “mom forgive moments.” “Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” Marvin J. Ashton
I will always remember the first time I watched a client experience the benefits of Forgiveness essential oil. After a few inhalations, we were up until 5 a.m. talking about a person she thought she had forgiven, but the emotional wounds were still present. The “forgive and forget” mentality tends to encourage suppressed emotions that end up surfacing through mental, emotional, and physical manifestations. Do we ever really “forget”? After prayer and few sessions, she worked through some toxic emotions and on to freedom. “Forgiveness isn’t approving what happened. It’s choosing to rise above it.”
So what are you holding on to? Is there someone in your life that you need to forgive? Are you holding on to grudges, bitterness, and regret? Are you seeking revenge or suppressing feelings by trying to “forget” it ever happened? Embrace FREEDOM in FORGIVENESS through Christ Jesus. Forgiveness is available for us to receive, but we have to open our hearts to receive it. “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself.” Tony Robbins
Ready to live in FREEDOM? In Matthew 6:14-15 says “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Remembering and reciting this verse helps me to practice forgiving others. It is my way of embracing healing through forgiveness. Experience HEALING through Christ. Pray for forgiveness and the strength to forgive others. “Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.” Hannah Arendt
Blessings and JOY!
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