What is the cost of holding onto all that anger and harboring resentment against others? Buddha says, “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”
Today I encourage you to let go of any hot coals you are grasping. Is anyone in your life who you may call an enemy because you judge they have wronged you, hurt you, disappointed you or betrayed you in some way? Please bring that person into your awareness right now. Is there anger and resentment present? Is there a desire for payback? It’s okay if there is, it is a human response; however, it is a response that comes from our ego.
Our Higher and True Self, does not want to harbor ill will toward anyone. @ChristinHassler (Click to Tweet!)
At our essence, we want freedom from anger and resentment. Forgiveness is the doorway to that freedom.
Your so-called enemies are offering you a wonderful opportunity to practice forgiveness. And to forgive does not mean you are condoning what happened and it is not something you have to do face-to-face with anyone.
It is a loving process you do inside yourself where you simply release all the judgments, anger and resentments you have been holding against that person.
In other words, you release the intent of throwing the hot coal. And when you do that, you will discover greater peace and compassion inside yourself. You will walk around full of LOVE rather than anger. Now that is something to celebrate.
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Christine Hassler has broken down the complex and overwhelming experience of recovering from disappointment into a step-by-step treatment plan in her new book Expectation Hangover. This book reveals the formula for how to process disappointment on the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual levels to immediately ease suffering. Instead of wallowing in regret, self-recrimination, or anger, we can see these experiences as catalysts for profound transformation and doorways that open to possibility. You can find more info on her website, and follow her on Twitter and FB.
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