Forgiveness is in Our Nature
Let the air become you, and then leave you. Forgive each breath because although it abandons you, every single time, it also brings you life. A man who cannot forgive the air has no chance of living.
~ Edmond Manning, King Perry
With each and every breath, we are actually practising forgiveness unconsciously, no matter willingly, or unwillingly. If we refuse to forgive the breath that abandons us, we will have to hold our breath and refuse to let go, which literally means we have to give up living. The act of breathing is living. If we’re living, we’re breathing, thus we’re forgiving. Inner peace can be reached only when we practise forgiveness. No wonder there is a saying, “When you own your breath, no one can steal your peace.” Breathing, as a matter of fact, corresponds to taking charge of one’s own life.
Easy breath has easy mind, and easy mind has easy breath. Take a moment to notice your breath. You may find your breath is wandering and your mind also is unsteady. You may not feel inner peace at this particular moment. Forgive yourself for not being at peace. Forgive your breath, allow your inhalation and exhalation to happen by itself naturally without trying to control your breath. Whatever your breath pattern is, accept it completely, without judging, without controlling, just pay attention to where your breathing is deep and settled, it will take you there, from non-peace into peace, and the truth will begin to emerge from the mist. The moment you completely accept your non-peace, your non-peace transforms into peace. This is the miracle of surrender. This is the secret of forgiveness. It lies in our breath. It lies in our nature. Forgiveness is the gift given by our breath. Forgiveness is the gift you give yourself.
To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
~ Lewis B. Smedes