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Bitterness

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I subscribe to a daily email from the Daily Om and it gives you inspirational things to think about and just things that all of us go through. I wanted to share with all who wanted to read it beacsue this one in particular hit home for me.

From The Daily OM
January 20, 2010
Bitterness
Lifting Pain's Veil
It is natural to feel resentment or anger when life does not unfold as expected. We consciously or unconsciously anticipated one experience, and we grieve for the loss of it when the universe puts something else in our path. Most of the time, we work through these feelings and they pass. Occasionally, our anger and resentment do not fade and are instead transformed into bitterness. Bitter feelings allow us to become perfect victims in that we no longer feel obliged to work toward healing and choose instead to identify with our pain. Yet as unwholesome as bitterness can be, it is also a natural element of our emotional palette. When we acknowledge that it is okay to feel bitter, we reconnect with our hurt in a constructive way and can begin the process of working through it.

The nature of bitterness is rooted in the fact that the pain we feel provides us with a rationale. We may feel that we deserve to embrace our bitterness to its full extent. And to be bitter is, in essence, to cut ourselves off from all that is positive, hardening our hearts and vowing never to let go of our hurt. But just as bitter feelings can be self-defeating, so too can the release of bitterness be life-affirming in a way that few other emotional experiences are. When we decide that we no longer want to be bitter, we are reborn into a world filled with delight and fulfillment unlike any we knew while in the clutches of bitterness. The veil it cast over our lives is lifted, letting light and warmth touch our souls.

Divesting yourself of bitter feelings can be as simple as truly forgiving and moving on. Even when your bitterness has no concrete object, you can forgive situations too. Healing pain can be challenging but may be easier if you remind yourself that you are the only entity truly affected by your emotional state. In time, you will discover that letting go of your bitterness frees you to initiate the healing process and allows you to once again celebrate the possibility of the more wonderful life you deserve.

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WANTS2BESKINNY 1/28/2010 9:53AM

    What a great inspiration! It made me realize that I may have thought I got over my anger towards things, but really I was still bitter about it. Thanks for posting this!

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ZUZUBEE 1/22/2010 7:32AM

    Nice article, and true. I'm getting better at letting go of situational disappointments and anger(like someone else geting promoted over you, or unreasonable utility rate hike, for example), but I still struggle to forgive and forget in personal relationships. Continually working on it, because I know it makes sense in my head, got to bring the heart and soul on board! Thanks for sharing that!

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ERNURSERN 1/21/2010 1:05PM

    Oh how I needed to read this today!! We found out today that they have been overpaying us for my husband's disability...we owe them about 1400.00 and they are cutting our monthly payment...I KNOW that we will be ok...I have faith in that...I just needed to read about letting go of the issue of bitterness...it is a failure in the system not in the people...thanks for your post!

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