Resentment is the inability to forgive, for which you pay a steep price. Investing your emotional energy in past events prevents you from living fully in the moment. It saps your life force, ages you, and weakens your immune system.
Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.
Cling to resentment and you limit your life. You will never be fully present, fully peaceful, or fully happy.
You may argue that your resentment is justified—indeed, that you are entitled to it. Just remember that every hostile thought you fire off acts as a boomerang.
Your righteous anger takes root and stealthily expands, insidiously choking off avenues of peace and love like a cancerous tumor.
The man who opts for revenge should dig two graves.
We cannot carry resentment without it permeating our consciousness and influencing the way we think, speak, and act. We become contaminated with rage. We wonder why our lives seem stuck, why we cannot align ourselves with the divine current, why we focus so much of our attention on those we scorn rather than those we love.
By living like this, by mentally returning to the scene of the crime over and over again, you are binding yourself energetically to those who have hurt you. You are enabling them to hurt you further still, to wreak ever more havoc with your life and psyche. Like a marionette, you allow them to pull your strings—even from the grave.
When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil.
Ah, and here is the ironic twist. While you are maintaining a death grip on your resentment, thereby inflicting untold damage on your physical and emotional well-being, your assailant is untouched by and oblivious to your wrath.
The one who throws the stone forgets; the one who is hit remembers forever.
Acting on your resentment by pursuing revenge is akin to dropping a huge boulder in the middle of your spiritual path. It blocks out the sun and halts all progress.
By striking back at those who have harmed you, you harm yourself. No matter how justified you feel your actions are, meting out your own brand of vigilante justice lowers your consciousness, attracts toxic consequences, and paves the way for future regrets.
Worst of all, there will be a stain in your memory that will not wash out no matter how desperately you scour it with remorse.
If the other person injures you, you may forget the injury; but if you injure him you will always remember.
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