Try This Exercise: How To Meditate For Happiness

To let go of those negative feelings, do the following forgiveness meditation:

Sit comfortably, close your eyes, and practice mindful breathing for 5 minutes.

Allow thoughts, words or images of someone you can’t forgive yourself to surface in your mind.

It can be someone you’ve hurt, and you have regretted your actions ever since.

Let your mind wander to how much you cared for this person and the pain that you caused. If you are remorseful, feel those emotions.

Accept what happened in the past. It is done. It is time to forgive yourself.

In your mind, think, I forgive myself. I have made mistakes and caused pain, either deliberately or not. I am not the same person.

I have learned much from life. It is time for me to move on. I forgive myself. I am ready to let joy back into my heart.

Feel free to use words appropriate to your situation.

This exercise will lift the burden from your heart and allow the feeling of happiness in its place.

If you feel bitter toward another person who has caused you pain, do the same exercise, but change the word I to You.