The wise person in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers us, not the storm without.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if they only knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil.
Forgiveness isn’t something nice we do for another person. It’s something nice we do for our mind. If we want to change our mind from an environment that tortures us to an environment that comforts us, we must make forgiving as routine as breathing.
Forgiveness means that I can release all expectations of having a better past.
Forgiveness does not mean, “What you did is okay to me.” It simply means, “I am no longer willing to carry around pain in response to your actions.”
I need never look beyond myself for whom my unforgiveness tolls. It takes its toll on me.
Forgiveness is the key to happiness.
A Course In Miracles®, Workbook, Lesson 121
How I know I have forgiven someone is that he or she has harmless passage in my mind.
Rev. Karyl Huntley
Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
C. S. Lewis
To forgive does not simply mean to arrive at a place of indifference to those who do personal injury to us; it means far more that this. To forgive is to give for - to give some actual, definite good in return for evil given. One may say, ‘I have no one to forgive; I have not a personal enemy in the world.’ And yet, if under any circumstances, any kind of a ‘served-him-right’ thought springs up within you over any thing that any of God’s children may do or suffer, you have not yet learned how to forgive.
H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in Truth
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
The essence of all religions is love, compassion and tolerance. Kindness is my true religion. No matter whether you are learned of not, whether you believe in the next life or not, whether you believe in God or Buddha or some other religion or not, in day-to-day life you must be a kind person. When you are motivated by kindness, it doesn’t matter whether you are a practitioner, a lawyer, a politician, an administrator, a worker, or an engineer: whatever your profession or field, deep down you are a kind person.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In the Flow
I would love to live
Like a river flows,
Carried by the surprise
Of its own unfolding.