Forgiveness is the ultimate act of love. It’s the backbone of most religions and it can make or break your life experiences.

As many have said, holding resentment or unforgiveness against someone is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies. You only hurt yourself. So practicing forgiveness is a form of practicing self-love.

One of my favorite books is ‘Radical Forgiveness’ by Colin Tipping. In the book, Colin has developed a way of helping people resolve apparent problems or situations by encouraging them to look at the assumptions underlying their distress. In this guide, he shows in a practical way, how we can begin to work from the deepest part of ourselves and thus benefit ourselves as well as others.

This book taught me that forgiveness takes empathy and empathy comes with awareness. Being aware means to understand that we all have the same capacity to make mistakes – to kill, steal and destroy – will help create the empathy needed to forgive.

Forgiveness frees us…and is the greatest love of all.