Forgiveness is an important corollary to compassion, as is gratitude. Both attitudes dampen the tendency to think, “I am right,” falling into righteousness. By reducing strong clinging and grasping to myself, both attitudes soften the ego. At times compassionate response to injustice can move towards anger. This leads us away from compassion. Injustice can make us feel outraged, but our response is not further anger or violence, rather love and compassion. This allows us to find the best ways to achieve justice. Compassion is not only an emotion, but a cognitive or intellectual assessment determining the best way to help reduce harm. Forgiveness recognizes that we are all human and make mistakes. Self-forgiveness unlocks an emotional tightness opening our heart to freedom, like a breath of fresh air. It regains self-confidence, reduces guilt, and opens our heart to wellness and flourishing.
Let’s start the new year with a clean slate. Forgiveness is at the top of the list to clean our slate. Let go of hurts and all kinds of ‘stickiness.’ Whatever feels stuck, just consciously […]
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 […]
Forgiveness is powerful medicine. It is a healthy lifestyle worth living on par with healthy food, exercise, yoga, compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and meditation. Forgiveness opens our heart both to ourself and to others. It brings […]