A exploration of spiritual stillness, 30 day fast of reading, studying and practicing the 26th verse of Tao Te Ching. (Living Calmly) The month long spiritual exercise in accepting and being gracious for what lies ahead. Being a avid hack writer, I’ll post 30 days consecutively, thoughts on “Being Content.” Poems, exercises, take-home assignments, etc.


Day 3,

How long to hold a grudge?

The heart of stone, unyielding, determine to exact a telepathic curse. Consumed with hate and retribution, unable to grow spiritually. Look truthfully in the mirror, think of past or present grudges.

Are grudges not exhausting? Only the unwise holds on to a hot iron, swearing vengeances will be theirs.

We have been physically and mentally victimized by strangers, friends and worse, family members. Being traumatized by a love one can be so devastating, hate becomes almost justified.

How someone suppose to love us, victimized us? Spousal abuse, incest/rape, parental neglect/abuse are not subjects broached easily.

We scurry from public discussion of our pain.  Living with mental anguish, it becomes a unconscious part of us.

How to stop being the victim?

(1) “I’ll will never forgive them.”

(2) “I have to forgive, so that I can move on.”

Those are the only choices we will ever have. Life or death, peace or pain, freedom or imprisonment. The only power past events have are our unforgiving thoughts. We have pain on life support, unwilling to pull the plug. Speaking about pain is therapeutic, unforgiving is torture, but only to you.

A life of contentment and gratitude comes from forgiving. I have seen forgiveness from victims that shocked me. Stories so painful, I would say after, how could one have forgiveness after that. They always of this spiritual glow, always.

Pull the Plug

Unforgiving halts the flow of love from the creator. Start talking, making our pain public brings light in a dark area of our mind. Ask God to breath forgiveness and forgetfulness into your nostrils.

Ask others how they have forgiving after being victimized, join support groups.  You are responsible for how you feel, at all times.

Seek spiritual strength in pulling the plug on grudges. Find contentment in laying your past pain to rest.

LIP ( Live in Peace)