Forgiveness is a powerful quality that can be incredibly hard to access in situations where we feel hurt, betrayed, and disappointed. To forgive someone means to let go of any resentment or anger you may feel towards them and to start fresh in your relationship. It doesn’t mean that what someone did was right or acceptable, it simply means that you understand your feelings and are ready to move forward in the relationship.

The power of forgiveness can have a tremendous impact on our emotional wellbeing. It can open the door for compassion, understanding, and potential for healing. It can also bring a sense of peace and joy as we release any tension or hurt that’s been weighing us down.

At the same time, it can be difficult to forgive. Many of us struggle with feelings of shame, guilt, and difficulty trusting others. Even if there was a genuine apology from another person, it can take time to heal and move forward. But the good news is that with patience, time, and effort, forgiveness is possible—no matter the hurt we’ve experienced.

To begin the process of forgiveness, it’s important to practice self-compassion and self-care. Taking some time to be still and allow ourselves to feel our emotions without judgment can help us take stock of where we are and where we want to go. We can explore our thoughts and feelings through mindful practices such as meditation and journaling. This can help us to release any pent-up emotion and come to terms with what has happened.

We can then reflect and choose to forgive. This can take different forms; maybe an apology is accepted, or maybe it’s accepting that the hurt has taken place and setting intentions to let go of any regret or resentment that comes along with it.

Forgiveness takes time and patience, but ultimately it’s a powerful choice that can free us from the past and help us to move forward. Anyone can forgive—even when it’s hard—with a little time and effort.