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Anger, Forgiveness, The Lord's Prayer
When feeling anger or being mad at someone or some event, take a few minutes to meditate upon this message in The Lord's Prayer: "forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."
If the one who has made us angry has died, send mental thoughts of forgiveness to him or her. In truth there are no walls between minds, and others receive our thoughts in whatever their state of being.
I am most inspired by the thought of "forgiveness" as an idea that goes both to us and from us.
Perhaps it is easiest to forgive others the wrongs we perceive having been done to us, and harder to accept forgiveness ourselves. After all, that would mean we have done things for which we need forgiveness.
We enjoy our eternal spiritual state of harmony and joy right in this moment and all moments by forgiving others and accepting forgiveness.
The mental peace brought on by living forgiveness is with us now and forever more.
Our physical body decays, but we needn't be bounded by spiritual decay if we remember we really have the choice for harmony and joy by keeping a forgiving attitude.
A forgiving attitude knocks out negativity before it has a chance to harden into physical aches and pains in our body. When feeling harmonious we feel most relaxed and our physical body feels relaxed, too.
It is worth it to adopt the attitude of forgiveness as a lifelong companion, and enjoy a heavenly state of mind while living on earth.
We buy into limitations in communication, but rising to the level of consciousness we can mentally forgive others, irregardless of time, place, space.
In summary, meditate on the points that forgiveness is many sided: forgiving others for injuries; forgiving our harms to others; forgiving negative thoughts as they arise. And, heavenly happiness is for now when we maintain the attitude of forgiveness.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer; photo credit Stan Schaap, horse in Dunes National Park, The Netherlands
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