Culture Family Health Inspiration — 24 July 2014

Forgiving others does not fix their mistakes, we forgive them to release ourselves from the heavy burden of holding grudges and carrying bitterness in our heart. It accomplishes something even greater than that, it allows us each the space to let go of past mistakes while helping to cultivate a deeper sense of compassion for ourselves (and others). Take The Forgiveness Challenge, and start by picking one person or incident and offering forgiveness. World Forgiveness Day is August 3, you can learn more here www.forgivenessday.org

Post your stories of forgiveness here. You can also post to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the hashtag #forgiveone.
“Forgiveness is an inherent virtue of being human, a prerequisite for a healthy human society and a central component to every religion. To forgive is to liberate ones self from the bondage of blame and recrimination. When we forgive, the trauma heals. Forgiveness transmutes poison into medicine. We lament the wars and conflicts across the globe yet what about the battles in our own lives? The battles inside each of us?” -Jonathan Human

About Author

Jacob blogs for Huffington Post and others in addition to Culture Collective. He specializes in social media, and cross-platform (or trans-media) content and campaigns. Meditation, playing piano, exploring nature, seeing live music, and going to Hopi Dances are some of his passions. As a co-founder of unify.org, Jacob lives for community and believes that we are all interconnected with our own special gift to offer the world.

(3) Readers Comments

  1. I saw Forgiveness Day on a friend’s post in Facebook. What a great idea! Recently I wrote Be Forgiveness, a free e-book that teaches people how to forgive oneself and others in 5 simple steps. It’s changed the way I think about myself and the world. The path of forgiveness has been one of liberation, and if anyone is interested in learning more they can download the book here: http://hintjewelry.blogspot.com/2013/05/learning-forgiveness-for-ourselves-and.html

  2. I’m Jewish living in Poland. I want to share:
    the poem I wrote during one of Bear Witness retreats in Auschwitz-Birkenau:

    “From a wounded child you can grow up
    to be a wounded killer
    Or a wounded healer.
    With the same hands, with that same energy
    You can kill or heal.
    Which do you choose?
    Do you see real people before you,
    Or phantoms made from your pain, fear and humiliation.
    Do you prefer to shatter the mirror before you instead of seeing
    Your own shadow?”
    So, my intention was to disarm my heart from all resentment, anger, hate and revenge fantasies and forgive myself for rejecting my inner child and again forgive myself for creating inner oppressor by developing sense of power, self-importance and superiority to control and dominate others. Something much bigger in me was able to embrace and reconcile these two abandoned strangers.

    • This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you, it made my day!

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