A Little book of Forgiveness by D. Patrick Miller

By D. Patrick Miller

This highly-praised e-book of demanding situations and meditations encourages readers to contemplate forgiveness -- of others and themselves -- in new methods. The author's point of view is rooted in diversified non secular traditions with a imaginative and prescient that's transparent, compassionate, and transformational.

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46 Self-hatred is nearly universal and takes many forms, from arrogance to false humility. Forgiveness teaches that we need not actually learn to “love ourselves" but instead to see that everything hateful or unloving within us is a fiction that can be gently, firmly set aside. When there is nothing left within us but love, then forgiveness has brought us to reality. 47 Never forget that to forgive yourself is to release trapped energy that could be doing good work in the world. Thus, to judge and condemn yourself is a form of selfishness.

Paying exquisite attention will eventually enable you to let go of the deadening past, and rejoin the flow of your real life. 55 ii Every addiction is rooted in reluctance to shed some of the personality's coat of armor. The more willing we are to forgive our own defenses, the more spirit can come rushing in through the gaps in our armor.

W f When I began to understand how arrogant it was to believe that I was deeply flawed and doomed to frustration, I was chagrined in a way I had never felt before. What was new was that this particular chagrin did not add to my burden of shame, but only helped dissolve it. To forgive myself I had to see clearly my errors of thinking and then truly release them, which meant giving up the expectation that I would continue to think stupidly. My habitual, circular thinking of shame and negativity stopped when I realized that it's not just myself doing the thinking that counts.

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