Last week we were reminded of the forgiveness we all need to inculcate and express on a holiday dedicated to getting and giving that most important element of all and as my friend Peter reminded me is like an ancient Hawaiian practice – a forgiveness ritual based on four pillars – express that your are sorry and feel repentance; you have to ask forgiveness; express gratitude, which can be as simple as saying “thank you”; and express love, which is as simple as saying “I love you”.
These are the same steps we take on Yom Kippur and any other time we feel the need to engage the forgiveness mechanism as exemplified in the bible by Esau and Yosef. And we have taken these four pillars and made them into pillars of life – we all need something to do, regardless of age; we all need someone to love; we all need something to hope for; and we all need something to believe in.
These steps are world changing because you change your world by improving your own little corner of it.
This week we are reminded of the fixed times of G0d – they are the cycle of our year as we follow the wheel of time – and every week we take a little time to think about who, where, why we are and where we want to be; we begin the year with hope for freedom and plant seeds; we see growth and offer thanksgiving and care for others; we then take stock of ourselves; self-examine; forgive and seek forgiveness and then we reap the harvest of our year and celebrate life and get ready to rest in the winter so we can be renewed and begin again.
The fixed times – the sabbath; the Passover festival of freedom; the thanksgiving Shavuot; the days of examination and atonement and the final harvest of sukkot embracing the growth of our fields. Our lives repeat this process every year, whether we are aware or not – so become a little more aware and put more intention into them.
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