What is forgiveness?

To forgive is “to cease to feel resentment against” an offender (according to the Merriam Webster dictionary).
That would imply that if we do not forgive someone who may have offended or hurt us in some way, we are choosing to continue to hold onto the resentment we feel in that matter. And what happens if we repeat this pattern of not forgiving? We carry more and more resentment in us, don’t we? And how does that feel, to carry all that resentment in us? Very heavy and unpleasant isn’t it!

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The Unseen Hold of Resistance

Whatever we resist, persists in our experience. 
Say I have an expectation of having a great relaxing weekend.  Just a simple, probably well-deserved, little wish, a little expectation.

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Anger vs Angry

Of the teachings in Usui san’s precepts, one has been more challenging for me, and that is the precept on anger.
Looking back at my growing years, I can see the streak of temper that has surfaced now and then since childhood.  What would cause an explosion of that temper, for me, would be some experience where I was judging someone or some situation as being unfair, irrational, or stupid.  I guess one can say that it has been a part of “my personality”.

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