First Gift and Benefits;
Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for happiness, health and peace.
1. Healthier relationships
2. Greater spiritual and psychological well-being
3. Less anxiety, stress and hostility
4. Lower blood pressure
5. Fewer symptoms of depression
6. Stronger immune system
7. Improved heart health
8. Higher self-esteem
Forgiving is the best medicine to keep equilibrium in your heart chakra.
Our heart chakra is considered our primary within our comprehensive energy system for the journey of consciousness in life.
It links our physical body to our mental, psychological and spiritual body.
Opening the heart chakra involves taking down those defenses to experience the love that is natural state of our being.
When is closed, due to any heart breaking reasons; defenses get hardwired into the body and become permanent body armor. This energy shortage rigidifies the upper back, chest, and shoulders.
It constricts the breath and can even shorten the connective tissue in front of your body, drawing the shoulders forward and collapsing the chest.
If your heart feels depleted, there is struggle with breathing and aligning your posture, it might be time for self-reflection regards letting go old grudges (without attachment) and embrace some self love as much as the same amount you are willing to receive from humanity.
“Operation Let Go Of Resentment and Revenge.”
The act that offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, more positive parts of your life.
Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy for instance humbleness and compassion for the one who hurt you.
Forgiving someone doesn’t mean excusing the act. It doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsability for hurting you, neither minimize or justify the wrong.
Second Gift and Psychological Benefits;
1. Soothes the soul:
Humble people are better able to cope with anxiety about their mortality. Instead of erecting self-defenses against death, there is tendency to find and provide a useful perspective on life and how it should be lived. When it’s not all about you, interestingly, it makes death easier to contemplate.
2. Excellence in leadership
Humble leaders are not only better liked, as you might imagine, but they are also more effective. Author of a study published in the Academy of Management Journal, Bradley Owens explained (Owens et al., 2011): “Leaders of all ranks view admitting mistakes, spotlighting follower strengths and modeling teachability as being at the core of humble leadership. And they view these three behaviors as being powerful predictors of their own as well as the organization’s growth.”
3. Higher self-control
Having high self-control is one key to a successful life. Oddly, studies have found that an obsession with the self can paradoxically lead to lower self-control. The humble, though, because they place less importance on the self, exhibit higher self-control in many situations. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that humble people tend to know their limits.
4. Better work performance
The humble not only make better managers, but they also make better employees. A study of employees’ supervisors found that being honest and humble was a good predictor of people’s job performance (Megan et al., 2011).
5. Higher grades
Perhaps being a better employee and better manager has its roots in the formative years. A study of 55 students has found that those who were more humble did better academically (Rowatt et al., 2006). Being humble, therefore, may make you better in school.
6. Less prejudice
Being humble is having a low sense of entitlement. Humble people don’t think they are owed things. This leads to a less prejudiced view of the world, encouraging them to be tolerant to others and less defensive about their own beliefs.
7. More helpful
Humble people are, on average, more helpful than people who are egotistical. In a study by LaBouff et al. (2011), participants who were more humble, were more likely to offer help, and offered more of their time, to those in need. Unsurprisingly, humble people have also been found to be more generous.
8. Better relationships
Humble people may have better relationships because they accept other people for who they are. A study by Davis et al. (2012) of groups of people found that humility helped to repair relationships and built stronger bonds between people.
Third Gift and Benefits;
1. Reduces suffering and contributes to the wellbeing of the whole, making the world a better place.
2. Compassion opens your heart.
3. Compassion enlarges your perspective and identity as you discover your commonality with others, realising that, just like you, they experience suffering.
4. Compassion increases your happiness, fulfilment, and wellbeing.
5. Compassion enables you to become better connected, improving your social, ecological, and spiritual relationships, and inspiring loyalty and commitment in your regular relationships.
6. Compassion improves your health by strengthening your immune system, normalising your blood pressure, lowering your stress and depression, improving your physical recovery from illness, and even extending your life.
7. Compassion enables you to understand yourself and others more as you seek to relieve suffering.
8. Compassion increases the possibilities for peace and reconciliation where there is conflict.
9. Compassion is contagious and spreads outwards, inspiring further acts of compassion and kindness when witnessed and experienced.
Compassion is the practice of being present to the suffering of ourselves and others and responding from our heart with a desire to relieve this suffering with kindness, caring, and support.
Mindfulness helps us to become aware of and to be present to the suffering by clearing our mind of reactivity and directing our attention onto the life before us that we often dissociate from.
Mindfulness helps us to move beyond indifference and judgement, and helps us to meet another person or being in a space of shared life and interbeing, where compassion can unfold.
The benefits of compassion are now being studied and documented by researchers, with findings that show that practising compassion towards others improves our health and wellbeing more so than if we practised purely selfish acts—such as spending money on ourselves, for example.
This reflects an important truth of authentic living: that living a life of narrow self-interest perpetuates the suffering of living because we are acting as if we are separate from the whole—our greater self.
By cultivating and expressing compassion, we focus beyond our narrow, local self or ego, and open to a sense of enlarged or common identity that we discover through our authentic self.
Last but not least;
Never forget that He has exchanged our worthlessness for His infinite worth, our sin for His righteousness, and the life we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us (Galatians 2:20).
Isn’t this Forgiveness, Humbleness, and Compassion?
What are we celebrating today???
Santa Clauss is coming to town?
True love was born in a stable?
If we record this into our minds, I assure you that all the above will start making sense to you.
Have a safe Christmas 🎄Eve!
Glenda Lee Santos; Humble Military and Yoga Warrior; RYT-200 hrs; Criminal Justice, BA; Holistic Practitioner with Foundation in Yoga and Ayurveda.
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2. Modern Man in Search Of A Soul. (Carl G. Jung and 2 more) First edition.
3. Owning Your Shadow ( Robert A. Johnson) First edition.