Forgiveness: Mindful Moments with Brenda Strausz

Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free and to realize that prisoner was you. —Lewis Smedes

Forgiving someone who wronged you or your loved one is one of the hardest things a human being has to do. There is something that may seem righteous about holding onto to the feeling of being fuming mad. It is easy to allow this anger to become the heavy back pack you walk through life with.

And yet, this anger you hold inside of you becomes a poison. As you merge with it you become its slave.

But who is being hurt here? As you hold onto feelings of betrayal, hatred and revenge the more your body, mind and spirit suffer. And these dark feelings can easily keep out the light.

It is important to note that forgiveness is in no way condoning what the perpetrator did. It is only choosing to untie yourself from bondage.

The Aramaic word for “forgive” means literally to “untie”. Picture yourself tied to a rock that is pulling you down in the water. All you have to do is untie it and swim towards the light.

With forgiveness, you are no longer a victim. As you untie yourself from the bonds of hatred and anger, you are a powerful creator of your own life.

Brenda Strausz is a holistic psychologist and coach with practice in Southfield, Michigan. She combines alternative and conventional modalities to guide you to live with more ease, joy and freedom. She strongly believes in the power of love and forgiveness. You can contact her at or from her website

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