“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; except, you are the one getting burnt.“ –Buddha
What is forgiveness? At a minimum, it’s an acknowledgement of your personal pain and loss and can, in time, lead to letting go of hatred or ill-will toward the person(s) who harmed you and your loved ones. Forgiveness helps clear, or “reboot”, your emotions so you can once again perform at your best and even experience full happiness. When done thoroughly, forgiveness is the healing of a festering emotional wound that keeps hurting you and those around you long after the “harmer” has gone his merry way.
Kira and Bill Van Ittersum talk about forgiveness and its challenges, and give several tips to arriving at a neutral (healed) emotional state.
Forgive and…Feel Happier
by Christine Carter, Ph.D.
Forgiveness is the Key to Happiness
Lesson 121, A Course in Miracles
by by Sonja Lyubomirsky