True, Deep Forgiveness

Monday, 8 September 2008, 20:05 | Category : Uncategorized
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From Yoga Journal’s Daily Insight….

True, deep forgiveness accesses the recognition that all humans, however terrible or hurtful their actions, exist with basic goodness. This realization can transcend into an acknowledgement that we are all intertwined as part of a greater whole, and when we forgive someone else we are forgiving another part of ourselves.

I’ve found myself frustrated a lot lately. Frustrated with the way that others let each other down, the way that they let me down, and the way I let myself and others down as well. And while frustration is not the anger that we typically think of when thinking of forgiveness, the way to release frustration is through aknowlegement and release – aka forgiveness.

Do all people exist with basic goodness? Yes, I believe so. In Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice, Memnoch tells God that the best of life and humanity is our capacity to love. We build communities and families based on love, not on species identification. And we should be saved, in this case by being allowed into Heaven, because of this capacity to love. Akin to that capacity to love, we should embrace our capacity to forgive.

Forgiveness stems from love. When we truly find it in our hearts to give a baseline level of love to all whom are a part of our lives, then we can find a greater place to which we come to forgiveness. The basis for that love the basic goodness. Its a cycle of which we are all a part, and to which we all should contribute. As we forgive others (and ourselves) we open up a greater capacity to love as well.

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