Forgiveness Class (Part Two)

I missed Forgiveness Class 2, but from what my friend told me the most important part of the class was a 3 step meditation with 5 minutes for each step:

1. I’m sorry for anyone I hurt intentionally or unintentionally. I seek their forgiveness.

2. I forgive myself for not being able to forgive.

3. I forgive others who intentionally or unintentionally hurt me.

Second homework was to write every evening 5 things you are grateful for or ask people tell you their stories of forgiveness. Also: 1) Continue observing any resistance to forgiveness; 2) practice forgiveness in daily sitting and in daily life.

My friend alos told me about the forgiveness project, which currently has 92 stories you can get inspired by:

As I was looking for good forgiveness quotes online, I realized that my favorite book of all times is about forgiveness: “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo, who is venerated as a saint in the Vietnamese religion of Cao Dai. From the book review: “One of the biggest themes I see is the theme of forgiveness and redemption in spite of all things Jean goes through. Life is filled with hope no matter how miserable things are. There is redemption both in the physical (with the police) and within himself (being better than a thief). The story is the transformation of a character and you see a lot of this kind of ‘renewal’ in Jean over and over in the novel and once more at the end of the novel.” One of the quotes from the book by Jean Valjean: “I order you to forgive yourself.”

And finally my favorite quote, which I discovered in a cobbler shop in Roslindale, MA years ago is:

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
— Mother Teresa

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