Everyone has been hurt in relationships. Few people are able to let that pain go so they can move on with their lives without the past mudding their joy. People have a tendency to get caught in their anger and pain after they've been hurt. There are mental, emotional, and physical reasons why itis difficult to release this pain. One area that can make it difficult to release the past is the misunderstanding of what forgiveness is. People often think forgiveness absolves the other person of anything that happened. You’ll discover this is incorrect. Strategies and exercises to release the past range from recognizing your personal power, nurturing yourself, changing your thoughts, and discovering how to manage your feelings.