“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness
should be part of our daily lives.”
Dalai Lama

Is the Dalai Lama saying that if we try really hard to be compassionate we can get the prize of being a “spiritual person.”

Or are all the religious traditions on to something more important
than that?

If you’ve read the Gratitude ebook, you know my answer.

I was thinking about this today because I saw a very sad and
disturbing news item. A man who had killed a small boy many
years ago was being considered for release from prison.

The boy’s father was reported to have said that if the man was
released, he would track him down and kill him.

Now the human side of me, as a father, understands that. But I also felt the pain that this man has been carrying for so many years, unable to release it through forgiveness.

I heard Byron Katie tell a person in a workshop, “This happened once 17 years ago. Once! But you have let it happen 10,000 times in your mind.”

When we don’t forgive, we torture ourselves, over and over, reliving the trauma.

When we forgive, we set ourselves free.

Why should we live with love, compassion and forgiveness? To
give ourselves the greatest gift of all, the gift of inner peace.

And as we live with inner peace, we express it in the world and
bring those qualities to all our relationships.

That’s why all major spiritual teachings have that at their core.
Because inner peace leads to outer peace. Love wins.

So who do you need to forgive today? Let go, and let God.

You’ll be glad you did.

Many blessings,

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