Forgiveness is powerful medicine. Practicing it means that we are taking good care of ourself. It is simply allowing ourself to let go of hurts that have built up often over years. We start with the small ones first. This is usually a solo activity to get rid of built up walled off hurts and emotional pain. Forgiving does not mean the other person involved with the hurts is right. Rather, we are just letting go of the hurts and pain that create difficulties for us. It means being kind to ourself. It means being compassionate to ourself. The more we take good care of ourself the more we can take good care of others. Practicing forgiveness lightens our load. We smile more and are less encumbered. Joy living deep inside is allowed to express itself more often. We are less tense, and more relaxed. It is the best medicine.
Now that we have at least considered practicing forgiveness, practicing gratitude enhances our happiness even further. Both practices rely on mindfulness, to know when we are not practicing, and to remind ourselves what specifically to […]
Please remember the ‘8 Verses of Training the Mind (in compassion)’ is meant to be lifelong study and practice. The last verse is particularly tough all about the Buddhist wisdom of reality not being what […]