For many years now I have made a personal practice of not holding grievances. Whenever I encounter resentment within myself I go out of my way to release and resolve it. Sometimes that’s an external process, sometimes an internal one. I consider it to be one of my most important practices.
When I was a kid, I was always the last person picked for the team. This experience left an impression on me about the little ways that people hurt each other and how painful that can be. Not responding to someone, not including them, avoiding a person – these are things people do to each other all the time. We can often find ourselves on either side of the equation.
I think of micro forgiveness as recognizing this inherent aspect of the human experience. Each of us participates in a chain of cause and effect. The way that we respond to the “causes” coming at us, sets the stage for our “effect” on the world. Forgiveness transcends this dynamic. It releases us from the laws of physics (every actions has an equal and opposite reaction) while endowing us with super human super powers. That’s super human, as in, very human.
Today’s video delves into the machine like nature of human activity and offers three approaches for practicing forgiveness.