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 or wrong. Forgiving this way is free from blame and judgment. It is just a practical way to lessen our burdensome load of hurts, to allow us to fly again, and cultivate compassion. Forgiving is an activity we usually do alone without involving the other person. Recognizing we all make mistakes and we all have pain, forgiveness becomes a little easier. In this way we forgive the person, but not necessarily the action.
When others out of envy Mistreat me
We are continuing our journey through this classic short text written about 1000 years ago on cultivating compassion. Verse 5 from this text, ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa,’ reads: “When others out […]
How do we forgive ourself?
We often forget to forgive ourself. Hurts build up inside of us again and again. These hurts cause deep pain. They can fester, and wall off like an abscess. It is imperative that we clear […]
Forgiveness and gratitude share the same spectrum
Several posts ago I wrote about forgiveness. Forgiveness and gratitude share the same spectrum regarding outlook or attitude. Forgiveness opens the heart by dissolving scars of hurt that made us tight and irritable. With a […]