Wednesday, July 27, 2011

forgiving yourself



you can be forgiven
for thinking those things of yourself
by acknowledging
what rests in your own heart

the very presence
of forgiveness
is its own miracle

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19 comments:

Elisabeth said...

This reminds me of a program I heard today on the radio about the need to get to know one another better in order to deal with our conflicts, especially in those extremes such a the Israeli/Palestinian struggle for mutual recognition. When we can empathize with one another we are more likely to understand and forgive.

Thanks, steven.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Forgiveness is one of the great important assets we can have Steven. There is nothing creates more blackness in the heart and in the soul than being unable to forgive.

Jinksy said...

I first heard Sheila Chandra on a late night BBC radio programme, and couldn't wait for morning to get come, so's I could get to a record store to buy the CD. She has an amazing voice...
Thank you for reminding me...

Jj Rodriguez said...

This is very enlightening. Only thebtrue kindhearted individuals can forgive.

I love this one!..

JJRod'z

Pauline said...

funny how, when we're kids, we're told in one and the same breath to think well of ourselves but not to think too well of ourselves. how one comes to what really is in one's heart is a lifelong, roundabout adventure.

Reya Mellicker said...

Is this another one for me? This is exactly what I talked about with the Sufi acupuncturist yesterday.

Not so poetically though.

Linda Sue said...

I am not sure what forgiveness is- I know what letting it go - and forgetting about it are- "forgiveness" for me has too many hefty god like connotations - Forgiving the Nazis come to mind and that is just wrong- there can be no room for forgiveness there, if forgiving means letting them off the hook. Trouble with that concept is accountability of those that are , well, unforgiveable- I don't understand Forgiveness...

aguja said...

¡Exactamente!

Terresa said...

The miracle of forgiveness (last week for me, and ongoing).

steven said...

elisabeth - i've come to know in my own life that so much of what masquerades as dislike is empty of any reason. it is based largely if not entirely on an idea of what someone or a group of people or an idea is about. i am an idealist and cannot be swayed from that perspective but i do believe that if people were able to share themselves face-to-face that after the posturing and social niceties, some change would take place. steven

steven said...

weaver, having been in circumstances where understanding and forgiveness were first steps that led to a much deeper and honest understanding, i can share your sense of the importance of it in our lives. steven

steven said...

jinksy - you amaze me! you listen to sheila chandra! she has a beautiful album of scottish and irish and english folk songs that is so beautiful. i cannot remember its name right now. darn it all for getting older. steven

steven said...

jj thankyou for your kind comment. in the course of our existence, it's inevitable that we will compromise our best intentions and so we must be forgiven. obviously this also works when turned around. steven

steven said...

pauline. i laughed out loud when i read that. both as a son and as a father and when i think about it . . . as a teacher! entirely true! steven

steven said...

reya - i was looking at myself when i wrote this one but really when we look at ourselves, how far away do we drift? i began the learning of forgiveness when i was thirty three. it's entirely natural to em now as a feature of understanding its place in the process of moving on, of letting go, of being able to see others as processes in their own right and with gifts to share that sometimes hurt or leave damage which is of itself a place of learning. steven

steven said...

linda sue i can't pretend to teach you or anyone about forgiveness. it is so many things to so many people and i get your context very well. really i do. i don't see it as corollary to forgetting but i do see it as an objective form of gratitude for the learning that arrives inside the process of what is being forgiven. if anything this addresses the God that is inside each of us. steven

steven said...

merci aguja! steven

steven said...

terresa, the process of forgiveness is an unfolding gift that can take a lifetime or even several lifetimes to become the reward ... the transformation that it is. my experiencing of the magic of forgiveness is that it can literally allow for change within the tiniest moment. change that opens doors and windows, lets in the light, lets in the dark, lets the shadows wander where they may. in sum, we can move on. steven

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