Giving Up Hatred
"Learning is an upward, ever-evolving process. We will never reach the point where we've learned all we need to know. Every aspect of life contains lessons. We can choose to discard them or to embrace them. Lessons embraced lead to wisdom."
--Mary Manin Morrissey
One of my teachers had each one of us bring a clear plastic bag
and a sack of potatoes. For every person we'd refuse to forgive
in our life experience, we were told to choose a potato, write on
it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag.
Some of our bags, as you can imagine, were quite heavy.
We were then told to carry this bag with us everywhere for
one week, putting it beside our bed at night, on the car seat
when driving, next to our desk at work. The hassle of lugging
this around with us made it clear what a weight we were
carrying spiritually, and how we had to pay attention to it
all the time to not forget, and keep leaving it in embarrassing
Naturally, the condition of the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty
slime. This was a great metaphor for the price we pay for keeping
our pain and heavy negativity! Too often we think of forgiveness as
a gift to the other person, and it clearly is for ourselves!!
So the next time you decide you can't forgive someone, ask yourself
isn't your bag heavy enough?
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