Forgiveness

Forgiveness Tide Photo by Cheryl Kirkland

Forgiveness Tide Photo by Anna Kirkland

Forgiveness is an essential ingredient in the healing of our wounds and regaining health.

Sometimes our wounds that lead us towards ill health are caused by other people and it is up to us to forgive them. For example we may be holding on to anger towards someone. Anger is like a hot coal and the more we hold on it the more we burn ourselves. Forgiving the person we are angry at can relieve the heat of our anger, and allow us to begin to heal.

Other times our wounds are from childhood or more recently self inflicted, and we become the primary person we must make peace with, and forgive. Perhaps it is harder to forgive oneself than to forgive another as we go through life emotionally blocked from forgiving and making peace with ourselves.

The story below points to an oasis of forgiveness being created, interwoven, and practiced within the culture of a legendary tribe in Africa.

“A beautiful legend tells of an African tribe that ritualized forgiveness. When a tribe member acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he/she is taken to the center of the village. All work ceases and every man, woman and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused. Then the tribe bombards the rejected person with affirmations! One at a time, friends and family enumerate all the good the individual has done. Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with some detail and accuracy is recounted. All their positive attributes, strengths and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length. Finally, the tribal circle is broken, a joyous celebration takes place, and the outcast is welcomed back into the tribe.”

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