Anger, blame, conflict, and resentment arise from our fear.
When we are afraid, our body tightens,
our heart is constricted, our mind is possessed.
We cannot live wisely.
Forgiveness releases us from the power of fear.
It allows us to see with kindly eyes and rest in a wise heart.
Live in joy, in love,
Even among those who hate.
Live in joy, in health,
Even among the afflicted.
Live in joy, in peace,
Even among the troubled.
Look within, be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of the way.
It is not enough to know that love and forgiveness are possible. We have to find ways to bring them to life. The truth is we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free.
We who lived in the concentration camps can remember those who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread…. They may have been few in number but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from us but the last of human freedoms… the freedom to choose our spirit in any circumstance.
–Viktor E. Frankl
Forgiveness and compassion are not sentimental or weak.
They demand courage and integrity.
Yet they alone can bring about the peace we long for.
True love is not for the faint-hearted.
Quotes from “The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness, and Peace” by Jack Kornfield