An important, but often overlooked, part of the forgiveness equation is remembering to forgive yourself. In situations where we feel wronged, it’s easy to focus on how we might have prevented it: by paying attention to the red flags or by being courageous enough to speak the truth about what we needed. After accepting the role we’ve played (and the feelings we’ve harbored) in every situation in our life, it’s also important to make amends with ourselves, too.
Look at what you wished you would have done differently, and allow it to be a lesson. Forgive yourself for not always getting it right. Know that you can trust yourself moving forward—to choose better, to speak up, to love again. And know that you deserve all of that too.
The reality is that, in this human experience, we will all hurt and be hurt by others. Many times over, we will be on the giving and the receiving ends of forgiveness. By learning how to forgive quickly and truly, you open yourself up to more energy, better relationships, deep healing, and exponential growth. And who doesn’t want more of that?
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