INTRODUCTION TO FORGIVENESS:

MAY 2018 THEME

WRITTEN BY THE ENDPAIN TEAM
Photos By William Nein
William Nein is a London-based songwriter, documenting the world around him through music, writing and photography.

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Introduction to Forgiveness

“When you are loving and unafraid, you can forgive. You can forgive others, and you can forgive yourself. You begin to see with the proper perspective. Guilt and anger are reflections of the same fear. Guilt is a subtle anger directed inward. Forgiveness dissolves guilt and anger. They are unnecessary, damaging emotions. Forgive. This is an act of love.”

—   Only Love is Real, Brian Weiss, M.D.

While brainstorming the theme of forgiveness and listening to your responses to the vox pop (which asked what it meant to forgive), we realized how vital, maybe even analogous, forgiveness is to growth and healing. True forgiveness, at its essence, is a release of the negative emotional states that hold us in resentment, anger, and fear. By forgiving, we create more space for joy and love, and allow ourselves the opportunity for a compassionate acceptance of what we cannot change. It is a decision to live in the present instead of the past. But reaching forgiveness is not always easy. It requires sincere reflection and profound understanding, the circumvention of the ego and a resolve to love.

So, while the month of May is thematically dedicated to forgiveness, in truth ENDPAIN is always a space of forgiveness because its very purpose is to make room for reflection and discovery, to encourage acceptance instead of suffering. Whether you are a contributor sharing your own story or a visitor of the website reading someone else’s, hopefully engaging with our platform leaves your heart a little bit softer and you a little bit more forgiving, whether of yourself, the illness or pain condition that you live with, or of somebody who has hurt you.

Just like healing, forgiveness is neither passive nor temporary; as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude.” To reach this permanent attitude, we are dedicating this month to exploring forgiveness in all its complexity. We invite you to enter the conversation from wherever you are.

If you have a story about forgiveness, apologizing, or letting go, we'd love to hear it — SUBMIT!

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