Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Earth Touching 5 - Forgiving, Seeking Forgivness

Earth Touching 5
In understanding and compassion, I bow down to reconcile myself with all those who have made me suffer.
I open my heart and send forth my energy of love and understanding to everyone who has made me suffer….. I know that these people have themselves undergone a lot of suffering and that their hearts are overloaded with pain, anger and hatred. I pray that they can be transformed to experience the joy of living so they will not continue to make themselves or others suffer.’
                                                                                        Thich, Nhat Hanh

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There are those who have made me suffer
Who have twisted my heart
Until it hurt
With a pain almost unbearable
And I know,
Oh yes I know full well
That the anger and hate
The cruelty that has emerged from them
Even the rejection
Has come from places deep within
If I can remember that
this pain all comes from pain

from a hurt
a slight
from abuse and molestation…..
if I can say to myself
“how would I have to be feeling to act like that? !”
I can begin, just begin, to understand
But I go beyond bowing to those who have hurt me
and bow also those I have hurt
those I have neglected
or lied to
those I have pushed away when I should have drawn them close
those I have pulled close when I should have kept my distance
I bow to those whom I have used to meet my needs
While I have forgotten theirs
Forgiveness of others is a difficult and complex thing
Forgiveness of one’s self may be even more complex
And more difficult
So I bow to the hurt
The pain
The anger
And I ask the sacred to do what only the Sacred One can do
To transform
To move those have hurt me
And those I have hurt
Out of those places that create such pain
And resurrect in them
hope and joy
And raise
New life
Out of the ashes
Of resentment
And regret

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