This post is about journal prompts for forgiveness of yourself and others
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A large part of my personal development and growth journey during this season of my life has been forgiveness. I can admit that I am definitely someone who has a hard time forgiving. It can be hard to let go of the past sometimes. I’ve realized though, that to grow as a person, I need to challenge myself to forgive easier. A large part of growing and becoming better is learning how to forgive yourself and others.
Forgiveness for Self-Growth
We need to let go of our past mistakes and other people’s mistakes in order to move forward with our lives and grow.
Even if you’re not always thinking about your mistakes or others wrongdoings towards you, holding onto those things are mentally weighing you down.
I like analogies, so think of it like this…
You carry around this backpack and every time you choose to hold onto something rather than forgive, it becomes a rock that you have to carry in your backpack. You might get used to the weight of the rock after awhile. You might even forget it’s in your backpack after other things start piling on top. But that weight is still there, and as more things you choose not to forgive pile up, things start to feel really heavy.
What does forgiveness look like?
You want to get rid of all the weight that has been holding you down from not forgiving yourself and others, but what does that even look like?
First of all, I think it’s important to note that forgiveness is not the same as forgetting. If someone wrongs you, you do not have to forget what happens to forgive them. Forgiveness is about choosing to not feel anger towards them anymore for what they did. Self-forgiveness is about learning from your mistakes and loving yourself even though you make mistakes.
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How do you start a forgiveness journal?
Starting a forgiveness journal is as easy as getting a notebook, pen, and starting writing! You don’t need anything fancy to start journaling, but I’ve found it’s sometimes helpful to have a cute notebook and good non-smudge pens for an extra boost of motivation:)
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Forgiveness is a process that takes time. I hope journaling can help you discover things about yourself and help you heal from your past mistakes and others’.
31 forgiveness journal prompts
This post is organized into:
Journal prompts to forgive others
There are going to be many times in your life when someone wrongs you. It’s your decision whether you believe it is important to forgive or hold onto that grudge. Below are journal prompts that will help you in the process of forgiving others.
- What does forgiving someone look like to you?
2. Why is forgiveness important to you?
3. Who do you want to forgive?
4. Write about a situation or someone’s actions that you want to forgive
5. Is the person you want to forgive important to you?
6. How is holding onto this pain affecting you?
7. How do you think you will feel after your forgive them?
8. Do you need to be forgiven in return?
9. Why is forgiving hard?
10. Is forgiving the same as forgetting?
11. Write a letter telling someone you love, that you forgive them (you don’t have to send it)
12. What things have you held on to that you want to forgive?
13. Why do you want to forgive this person?
14. Is it important to let someone know that you forgave them? Why or why not
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Self-forgiveness journal prompts
Everybody makes mistakes is not just a catchy Hannah Montana song. Everyone actually does make mistakes, and you need to forgive yourself, learn, move on, and grow into a better person. These prompts will help on your journey to self-forgiveness.
15. What do you need to forgive yourself for?
16. How will you start focusing on the present, instead of ruminating on the past?
17. Did you accept responsibility for your actions?
18. List 3 ways you can move forward from this mistake
19. What are some ways you can practice self-love?
20. Write about why you are not your mistakes
21. How have you grown and changed since this mistake?
22. What do you want to work on to be a better person?
23. How can you be kinder to yourself?
24. What would it feel like to forgive yourself?
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Journal prompts to understand forgiveness
In order to forgive, you need to understand your inner thoughts on forgiveness. These prompts will help you better understand forgiveness.
25. Is it easy for you to forgive?
26. What are the benefits of forgiving someone?
27. Write about a time you forgave someone
28. Write about a time you forgave yourself
29. Who do you need to ask for forgiveness from?
30. Have you ever asked for forgiveness?
31. What does it feel like to be forgiven?
what are the benefits of forgiveness
Remember that forgiveness is a process. It takes time, but there are so many benefits of letting go and forgiving.
Some of the benefits include:
-improved mental health
-improves heart health
I hope these forgiveness journal prompts help you on this journey towards forgiveness and growth!