Forgiveness is the spirit of love in action and love is the heart and soul of forgiveness. What is the hardest thing in all of life? To forgive someone who has mortally wounded you in the most painful way? But nursing a grudge is emotional self-harm and if sustained, results in resentment, anger and a constant level of stress that can manifest in dis-ease, sickness and sometimes death. Contrary to the notion that forgiveness is weak, self-demeaning and compromising, it is in fact a powerful expression of unconditional love and though it can seem an impossible demand when hate and resentment can be such a gripping and powerful emotion, the surprising result is a healing that permeates every living cell in your body, instilling a deep sense of interconnectedness - a condition sadly lacking in the world today. In the words of Mark Twain, "Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”