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Anger, Forgiveness, The Lord's Prayer

Susan Helene Kramer

When feeling anger or being mad at someone or some event, think about 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 dead or alive to this physical world.

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, dead or alive, with us or afar.

In summary, reflect on the points that forgiveness is many sided: forgiving others for injuries; forgiving our harms to others; forgiving negative thoughts as they arise. But, heavenly happiness is for now when we maintain the attitude of forgiveness.

This article is dedicated to the memory of my dear cousin, Henry Conrad Hoffman “Sonny” (July 24, 1930 – October 16, 2020), who was also my mother Jane Kaspar’s 1st cousin and childhood friend, growing up around the corner from each other in Baltimore.

Article copyright 2009 - 2020 Susan Helene Kramer; photo of western entrance to Sequoia National Park by Stan Schaap
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