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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-20-2007, 03:23 PM
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Re: Forgiveness

Originally Posted by Maslow
I was listening to an audio-book on insight meditation while walking the dog this morning, and on it, Jack Kornfield was talking about forgiveness. He said, "Forgiveness is giving up hope for a better past."

Often, our anxiety is the result of not being able to accept something that happened to us -- whether it's something that happened during our childhood or maybe a wisecrack someone made earlier in the day. We dwell on it until it triggers anxiety or even hatred. Ruminating about how someone hurt us doesn't hurt the other person at all; it only hurts us. The best revenge is forgiveness.

We can't change our past. Forgiveness is giving up hope for a better past.
Exactly. I used to hold grudges for years in the past towards people who had hurt me but, in the end, they weren't affected at all. It was hurting me to hold onto these bad feelings.

The best revenge is forgiveness.
I like that quote a great deal
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