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Sample Topics of Contemplation

Forgiveness

 

The following topics and themes are just to get you started…

As well as considering the dark side – if any - of these topics and how they may have brought suffering into our lives; it is essential to also reflect on the bright aspects that have directly affected our recovery and our well-being.

We might also consider what is it that leads to further suffering and what is it that leads to the end of suffering... what is the wise choice, the kind choice; the choice of the heart?

The gift of Forgiveness
Abandon such thoughts
Bitterness and Hatred

The gift of Forgiveness
We should forgive one another and wash away that stain from our hearts. Why? Because otherwise it turns into animosity and enmity. The act of forgiving is called the gift of forgiveness.

Source: www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/thai/lee/everyone.html


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Abandon such thoughts
"Look how he abused me and beat me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Live with such thoughts and you live in hate.

"Look how he abused me and beat me,
How he threw me down and robbed me."
Abandon such thoughts, and live in love.

Source: Dhammapada verses 3 & 4 translated by Thomas Byron

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Bitterness & Hatred

To live a life pervaded by bitterness and hatred is like being locked in a burning house…
…and then to remember that you hold the key to the door in your own hand.

Christina Feldman “Compassion : Listening to the Cries of the World” (p64)
Rodmell Press © 2005

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