I’ve been doing a lot of reading and meditating on #forgiveness
lately. For myself and others. I’m discovering that there is no limit to its depths. You can go into it endlessly, eternally, and experience untold joy, happiness, and fulfillment without measure in what you find there. You can also go just as deeply into pain, suffering, despair, and unconsciousness. It’s a choice.
Your perspective is mostly determined by which of these concepts occupy most of your time. To forgive someone else, or even yourself, does not make what was done “OK”, it doesn’t mean they’ve “gotten away” with anything. It absolutely doesn’t absolve them of accepting responsibility for their actions, either. The best part of forgiveness (as I understand it so far) is that it allows you to be released from the self poisoning that comes from not being able to forgive. Without forgiveness, whatever has happened cannot be left in the past. It poisons the Now and steals the future happiness you deserve.
The ego loves the pain and torment of non-forgiveness because it depends on the past for its survival.
The ego cannot forgive, and unless “you” raise awareness of the pain and suffering non forgiveness causes you will continue to suffer from your own chosen perspective.
It seems counterintuitive sometimes, like you are admitting fault, or being weak, but this is an illusion. Forgiveness is an entry point to love and compassion for everyone; especially for you. I’m learning this, and I’m making it part of my life because the alternative to forgiveness is a long, lonely road none of us deserve.
Forgive someone for something today. No matter how hard it seems. Just try to let it lie in the past where it belongs. The pain it holds can only continue to harm you; not them.
Let it die - there is no value in it unless you still need to feel suffering. You don’t need to suffer. Forgive yourself, too. 🙏 •
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