Living in grace bathed in gratitude is good for the health. This is true for both our physical and our mental health. Gratitude reduces stress, anxiety, fear, and doubt. This helps our heart, brain, stomach and intestines, immune and endocrine systems work better. It further reduces the duration and intensity of depression. It sets the groundwork for happiness and wellbeing. Living in grace has a profound effect on forgiveness. Gratitude opens the door to forgiving ourself. This is a major step in our own healing. As self-healing begins, the door opens to the other precious opportunity of forgiving others. Those who have hurt us are usually hurt themselves. Forgiving others does not make their actions right. Rather, forgiving the other person recognizes their humanity, no matter how wretched or miserable their suffering. They are not happy, and also hurt. Seeing this larger picture allows us to forgive. This act of forgiveness is another major step in our own healing.
The mark of a mature seasoned practitioner is being able to take everything onto the path. Everything. A dear friend just completed a lengthy course of treatment for advanced cancer. Throughout he remained calm, positive, […]
Forgiving and letting go of built up hurts is crucial for our own happiness. It is not easy. We start with the small ones. We remember this does not mean the other person was right […]
Our default position whenever possible is forgiveness and gratitude. Forgiveness counters arrogance and ego. This moves us towards insight and wisdom. Gratitude opens our heart to compassion. Wisdom and compassion lead to the two bodies […]