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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.

Tough times never last, but tough people do.

Rejection doesn’t hurt, expectation does. Lying doesn’t destroy, denial does. Forgetfulness doesn’t heal, forgiveness does.

The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.

Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.

I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go.

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.

We are like the little branch that quivers during a storm, doubting our strength and forgetting we are the tree—deeply rooted to withstand all life’s upheavals.

Pain can change you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom.

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