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May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Forgiveness is our gift to ourselves

 This week we continue with our overview of the concepts of SAIL: Simply An Inspired Life by looking at FORGIVENESS - the second of the Eight Points of SAIL.

FORGIVENESS - the second Point of SAIL

I Forgive Myself with Compassion - I forgive everyone, especially myself, for all actions and all inactions throughout my entire life. I accept that no one else has ever been to blame for either my joy or my suffering. The entire cause of all my joys and all my sufferings is my own emotional response to the events of my life, and I am committed to consistently distinguishing between my feelings about events and the physical occurrence of those events. I declare that everyone who has ever played any role in any of the events of my life is entirely without fault.

Why Forgive?

I'm angry. They wronged me, why should I forgive them? They lied, they cheated, why should I forgive them? Forgiveness is not a reprieve or a gift that we give to someone else. Forgiveness for another's act or omission is a reprieve and gift that we give ourself. We are the one who suffers the upset and the anger when we feel that we have been wronged. It is our own blood pressure that rises when we hold on to resentment. Give yourself the gift of forgiving others, not because "they" deserve it, but because you deserve the serenity and joy that comes from releasing resentment and anger, and from embracing universal forgiveness.

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