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Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.

Emotions are temporary states of mind. Don’t let them permanently destroy you.

Don’t let the darkness from your past block the light of joy in your present. What happened is done. Stop giving time to things which no longer exist, when there is so much joy to be found here and now.

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

Your pain is an opportunity for you to learn about yourself.

You will begin to heal when you let go of past hurts, forgive those who have wronged you, and learn to forgive yourself for your mistakes.

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.

Forgiving someone doesn’t mean condoning their behavior. It doesn’t mean forgetting how they hurt you or giving that person room to hurt you again. Forgiving someone means making peace with what happened. It means acknowledging your wound, giving yourself permission to feel the pain, and recognizing why that pain no longer serves you. It means letting go of the hurt and resentment so that you can heal and move on.

The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.

Pain makes you stronger. Fear makes you braver. Heartbreak makes you wiser.

As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love—even the most simple action.

Choose your thoughts carefully. Keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering, and know that happiness is just a thought away.

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.

Forget what hurt you but never forget what it taught you.

Don’t make a permanent decision for your temporary emotion.

Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain, but you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.

Don’t let past relationships ruin your future happiness. Scars remind us of where we’ve been, not where we are going.

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.

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