A difficult past can trap us in negativity.
If you find yourself wandering away from the domain of the heart, you most likely are dwelling in the past. In my life, I have met all kinds of people—religious, spiritual, philosophical, psychological, young and old—who assured me that forgiveness was necessary for a happy life. I heard what they were saying, but it never resonated with the deeper truth in my heart. When we understand that we are all prone to make mistakes, the idea of forgiving someone is not as compelling as treating those who “wronged” us with compassion and kindness. Think of how many times in the past you were unkind to yourself and others, if we are really honest, we’ll admit that we were unable to act differently. To forgive implies someone outside ourselves has the power over our emotions or that we have the power over theirs. How about accessing true forgiveness that only the heart is able to offer? I don’t know anything more powerful than compassion. Those who are compassionate understand the cause of their own pain and how unnecessary suffering can be avoided. Such understanding drives a compassionate person to be kind and loving toward everyone, including people who have hurt them in the past. This attitude is beyond forgiveness.