1(a): to give up resentment of or claim to requital; (b): to grant relief from payment
2: to cease to feel resentment against (an offender): pardon



Forgive (v.): Old English forgiefan “give, grant, allow; remit (a debt), pardon (an offense),” also “give up” and “give in marriage“; from for-, here probably “completely,” + giefan “give.”

The sense of “to give up desire or power to punish” (late Old English) is from use of such a compound as a Germanic loan-translation of Vulgar Latin perdonare .




“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” 

Rita Mae Brown (b. 1944, American writer, activist, and feminist; best known for her first novel "Rubyfruit Jungle; also mystery writer and screenwriter)

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“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.” 

Confucius ((551—died 479, China's most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, whose ideas have influenced the civilization of East Asia)

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“Listen. Slide the weight from your shoulders and move forward. You are afraid you might forget, but you never will. You will forgive and remember.” 

Barbara Kingsolver (b. 1955, an American novelist, essayist, and poet who was born and grew up in Kentucky, and who has published over 14 books)

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“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” 

Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869—1948, Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule)

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“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” 

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963, prolific Irish writer and scholar best known for his 'Chronicles of Narnia' fantasy series and his pro-Christian texts)

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“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”

Marianne Williamson (b. 1952, intellectual lecturer of spiritual, personal, and political issues)

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“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.” 

Alison Croggon (b. 1962, poet, playwright, fantasy novelist, and opera librettist who lives in Melbourne, Australia)

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“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.”

Marianne Williamson


The practice of forgiveness is essentially the spiritual discipline of letting go, which is a profound and sometimes difficult concept to enact.

It does take a great deal of fortitude to forgive; not only to let go of our perceived offenses of others, but to also forgive ourselves.  It’s about developing a life-long practice of self-emptying and surrendering through such modes as meditation, prayer, yoga, walking, exercise, journaling or other personal activities we deem enjoyable.  These are the pathways that can offer opportunities to bow and align graciously to The Universal Order that is greater than ourselves.

These daily routines are important, because they provide the space and time for peace, which if we want can be our norm.  So, when we are not in the place we can bounce back to a harmonious state of being quickly.

We all of us have suffered in one way or another.  And we all, from time-to-time, get charged and stuck in our emotions.  We shouldn’t kick ourselves when we do, though.  Because these circular thoughts and emotions are actually opportunities to heal, to disable our buttons, and to know where we stand in our consciousness.

Forgiveness is paramount and connected to our transformation.  The more we forgive the more we will transform, multi-dimensionally in mind, body, heart, and soul.

Sojourners, let’s strive for more of life and love!

Much Love, Tonya
















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