I received the following from a friend of mine (she is a physical therapist). It was her new years greeting so to speak. I have edited it to keep it private, but I was deeply touched by her reflections so I thought I would share.
"Every year I picking a symbolic word for the coming year to meditate on. Last year I picked the word forgive I think forgiveness is the most powerful word in our language. It’s complex, yet simple. When you focus on something it’s amazing the power and lessons that are gained from it.
It started with a friend at work and I reading the same book. The book talks about
forgiving the past, the present, and the future. Every morning we would jokingly begin the day with, “I forgive you ...(fill in a name).., … I forgive you ..…” etc. Before long I started believing it. I consciously started forgiving everyone I could think of, including myself. As I started doing this it became disturbing at times. Some sleep was interrupted and there was discomfort. What I realized was that I was holding onto all kinds of garbage. And cleaning out the junk can be painful. Memories would come to mind that I had long forgotten. I would say in my mind several times a day, “I forgive you.” It has had powerful changes on the inside of my heart. It has begun a process of feeling OK. I see why Jesus talked about
forgiving seventy times seven, because it is not an overnight process and things take time.
I realized I was taking things personally. I was holding on to grudges that were silly. It has helped in letting go of attachment to political beliefs and outcomes. Through forgiveness I’ve realized a stronger compassion for people. We’re all doing the best we can. We’re all children of God loved equally. The things we do on the outside are just behavior coming from our pain inside.
This past year my dear friend passed away. I was able to spend the evening before her death with her. She began sharing that she too had chosen a word for the year, and her word had been forgiveness, as had mine been. You could see the transformation in her spirit and the attitude toward those in her life. It had allowed her to find peace. I will cherish that last conversation with her forever. I forgive her for leaving me.
It is incredibly freeing to know everything is forgiven. It takes away much pain and creates much acceptance. After all, isn’t what we’re all seeking love and acceptance? Forgiveness takes away painful judgments of others. You don’t have to waste all that time on them because you’re just going to forgive them anyway.
There will never be outer peace until we have inner peace. Most of us are seeking the next great external thing whether it is things, toys, people, titles or experiences. But none of this brings what we’re looking for like love and forgiveness will.
I hope this finds you full of peace and love, knowing all is forgiven."
Post Edited (wacko woman) : 1/20/2009 8:18:55 PM (GMT-7)