Life Lessons of Forgiveness

Life Lessons of Forgiveness

The last couple of months have been filled with fabulous ups and tumultuous downs.  We are able to masterfully skip through the ups, experiencing each new joy with a renewed sense of wonder; however it’s traversing the downs that can be tricky. I wonder why there are downs.  Why we experience disappointments, hurts and losses.  I think for animals it’s a bit different though… things that cause me to experience a negative feeling don’t really stick with me, doggies aren’t engaged in self-protection in the same way as humans.  If I sense danger I run the other way or I growl.  Humans on the other hand calculate the degree and type of danger, filtering through an emotional lens and then personalize the issue, vowing to “never forget” and often really meaning, “never forgive.” Forgiving is a selfless gesture because you perceive that you don’t receive any tangible item in return.  What you do receive, however, is much more precious than anything you can hold in your hand.  True forgiving, letting go of the emotion of the event, consciously retraining your mind to be free of the negative association you carry around, brings peace…. peace within yourself.  The kind of peace that once experienced you can share back out in to the world so that you become a partner in the cycle of peace. When you don’t forgive, truly, you are withdrawing from the world, just a little bit; and bit by bit, you become more disconnected with the world.  People think they are protecting themselves, but true forgiveness frees you from the burden of protection, and allows you to...

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