07/29/2014 03:42 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Key to Freedom, World Forgiveness Day


Forgiving others does not fix their mistakes. We forgive them to release ourselves from the heavy burden of holding grudges and carrying bitterness in our heart. It accomplishes something even greater than that. It allows us each the space to let go of past mistakes while helping to cultivate a deeper sense of compassion for ourselves (as well as others). Take The Forgiveness Challenge, and start by picking one person or incident and offering forgiveness. World Forgiveness Day is Aug. 3, you can learn more here:

Post your stories and photos of forgiveness on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #forgiveone.

Forgiveness is an inherent virtue of being human, a prerequisite for a healthy human society and a central component to every religion. To forgive is to liberate ones self from the bondage of blame and recrimination. When we forgive, the trauma heals. Forgiveness transmutes poison into medicine. We lament the wars and conflicts across the globe yet what about the battles in our own lives? The battles inside each of us? -- Jonathan Human

Originally appeared on Culture Collective.