Special Edition – Forgiveness – Several Spiritual Perspectives – What It Is And Isn’t – How Do You Do It? – Now Playing – 06/10/2014

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Forgiveness promotes healing, and healing supports forgiveness; they are two different sides of the same coin. Unforgiving thoughts foster fear, hatred, and, on a grand scale, war and death. But an overly simplistic approach to forgiveness, such as, “Oh, never mind. Just forgive and forget!” only soothes personal resentment and sometimes postpones permanent healing. I’m continually learning that the key to true forgiveness is understanding more about God’s unconditional love. Love cannot develop and grow when there is an absence of forgiveness.  

Tom Taffel

“Forgiveness and Healing”

     From the April 2012 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

 

 

I had already learned that forgiveness based on personal friendship is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t heal. The hurt just keeps popping up in unguarded moments like an annoying tune stuck in your head. Forgiveness that rests on divine Love, Principle, instead of personality, changes things. In a moment of head-bowed, tear-filled humility, I remembered the example of Jesus on the cross, who meekly appealed to his Father to forgive those who had put him there. The healing that followed changed the world.

By Marian English

“How can we really forgive when we feel that fellow church members have made poor decisions for our church or treated us poorly?”

From the October 2013 issue issue of  the Christian Science Journal

 

 

 

 

 

7 (Healthy) Reasons To Let In The “Fresh Air” Of Forgiveness

Revenge is sweet…to box office takings, as story lines in blockbusters like X-Men: Days of Future PastCaptain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 prove. But in real life? Not so much, according to visionary thinkers from Maya Angelou to Nelson Mandela to Mary Baker Eddy. Here are some ideas from those who have road-tested the art of forgiving under trying circumstances.posted on June 6, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.

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1. Forgiveness is a gift to yourself.

1. Forgiveness is a gift to yourself.

2. Failure to forgive is a form of self-harm.

2. Failure to forgive is a form of self-harm.

3. Resentment gives mental space to an unwanted guest.

3. Resentment gives mental space to an unwanted guest.

4. Loving your enemies frees you as well as them.

4. Loving your enemies frees you as well as them.

5. Reacting in kind never solves the problem.

5. Reacting in kind never solves the problem.

6. Forgiveness is a sign of strength.

6. Forgiveness is a sign of strength.

7. Forgiveness is opening the window to let in fresh air!

7. Forgiveness is opening the window to let in fresh air!

So why can that also be good for your health?

Apart from Martin Luther King Jr – whose life was so tragically cut short by the unforgiving act of another – these visionary thinkers have each lived to a ripe old age, suggesting that turning the other cheek might actually be a good lifestyle choice.

Indeed, that’s a view many scientists also share.

“Forgiveness is one of those ways where we wipe clean a major threat to our well-being. That causes the body to have more time to repair. Immune function goes up, blood pressure goes down,” said Dr. Fred Luskin, Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford University.

Beyond such physiological perks for letting go of a tit for tat mentality, I’ve found there’s another kind of immunity that comes with putting compassion ahead of condemnation. It can open our hearts to a deeper forgiveness available for wrongdoings of our own.

As Jesus put it, the divine way is: “Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”

I’ve found this becomes especially clear when the basis for our forgiving is not striving to feel a personal leniency despite the logic of a grievance, but rather applying a different kind of logic – a “divine logic”, as Mary Baker Eddy puts it. This perspective accepts that if divine goodness is ever-present, as the Bible and other sacred teachings suggest, then the memory of an evil occupying our attention is actually distracting us from a goodness right at hand, a goodness we can access anew at every moment.

Of course, that logic of a divine ever-presence is a big “if” for many, but I’ve found decades of mental freedom by looking at life through such a spiritual lens. And I’ve found doing so can often open the way to practical solutions for situations which had seemed to reach an impasse. In this way forgiveness is indeed strength and not weakness, as Gandhi said – a strength that is both empowering and healing.

Far from resentment or revenge being sweet, then, they are bitter pills with an awful side effect. They cloud our sense of the more joyful, healthful, spiritual identity divinely inherent within us.

We don’t need to let that happen. Instead, we have the right to see ourselves and others as we are: forever being forgiven by the infinite, divine Principle, Love, that many know as God.

“Spirituality and Our Health…Connecting the Dots!”

This is the place to go if you want to explore more of my ideas on the relationship between spirituality and wellbeing, written from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

This is the place to go for a deeper divine into the healing potential of understanding that “Health is not a condition of matter, but of [divine] Mind”, as the book’s author Mary Baker Eddy put it.