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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
Religion as an institution is a precious gift, blessing individuals and uplifting communities. However you choose to
worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
Anger is a very sticky emotion. Once we entertain it in our hearts, it gloms onto us.
The more we try to scrape it off, the more it gums up our soul. The only way to let it
go is to dissolve it, and the only solvent that works is forgiveness...of ourselves.
Once we cease gazing at the supposed object of our anger and ask the Lord to
cleanse us of our belief that another human has more power over us than Love, and
we let go of preferring our indignation to rob us of His peace, anger begins to dissolve.
As soon as we truly embrace the concept that those who seem to wrong us do us a
huge favor by allowing us to deeply practice the divine art of forgiveness,
nasty sense of insult or injury dissipates like vapor on a mirror.
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Most people believe that when you forgive someone, you are doing
something for them. The truth is, when you forgive, you are doing it
for yourself. As it relates to forgiveness, you must give up what you
do not want in order to make room for what you do want. You must
give up pain, anger, resentment, and fear in order to experience good-
ness, joy, peace and love. For some reason, we believe that if we for-
give someone they might get to the good stuff before we do. Offering
another the forgiveness they need strengthens the spiritual nature in
you. It is this nature and your consciousness of this nature that reaps
you the benefits of life. When you withhold forgiveness or love from
anyone, for any reason, it diminishes your awareness of the
abundance of good in life.
Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon & Schuster, 1998
Teach Us to Forgive
Lord, teach us to forgive:
to look deep into the hearts
of those who wound us,
so that we may glimpse,
in that dark, still water,
not just the reflection
of our own face
but yours as well.
- Sheila Cassidy
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
Photo by Stephen Bowman All rights reserved
Usually when we are angry, we do not return to ourselves
and take care of healing our anger. We want to think about
the hateful aspects of the person who has made us angry -
rudeness, dishonesty, cruelty, maliciousness, and so on. The
more we think of them, listen to them, or look at them, the
more our anger flares up...In fact, the root of our problem is
the anger inside of us, and we have to come back to it and
take care of it first of all...We do not need two people to
bring about reconciliation. When we look deeply, we become
reconciled with ourselves and, for us, the problem no longer
exists. Sooner or later, the other will see our attitude and
share in the freshness of the stream of love which is
flowing naturally in our heart.
Excerpted from "Thich Nhat Hanh: Essential Writings,"
Orbis Books, 2004
If there is anyone, anywhere on the planet you can honestly say
you don't love, it is time to forgive...Start with yourself. Forgive
yourself for believing that anyone who occupies the flesh form
as a human being could in any way alter the truth of your being.
Once you've done that it will be easy to forgive anyone for
anything, particularly if you are holding them hostage
for making human errors.
From "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
The Last Word :
Forgiveness is heart healthy.
From "Words of Wisdom,"
Lama Surya Das
Koa Books, 2008
Random Bonus Quote:
Take it flow.
Lama Surya Das