I don’t know about you, but I would hazard a guess that there are certain geographical places that you hold dear to your heart. Some places are far off and thus impossible to visit when you need them. There are many such places around the world like that for me. The great outdoors, the wilderness, allows us as human beings to get back in touch with who we really are. “Away from the things of man,” Tom Hanks said in an offbeat movie he made before he was a big star, an offbeat movie that is now a cult film. A good cult film about hope. This particular image is atop an elevated ridge above Craigville Beach, where the Craigville Conference Center sits. People come from all over the world, mostly in the summer, to sit and talk about this or that, but, I suspect, most of them come for the tranquility they feel when they look out onto the Nantucket Sound and watch a sunset like this one. A few years ago, this was one of those special places that helped me put things into perspective and move past the mistakes I had made and forgiving myself. Coming to terms with mistakes for me was difficult, the main culprits–pride and resentment. Letting go of resentments, derived from the Latin word, senti, meaning “to feel”, is the most difficult action for humans to take. We feel somehow that we lose something in the translation if we forgive, that we lose and “they” win. Perhaps, I am the only one who has had a problem with forgiveness, but looking around at the world, I do not think I am alone. Sentiments can either be “good” or “bad” and if you have re-sentments, you are feeling them over and over and over. I have read from many scholars, masters and spirtual leaders who say the same things on the subject of forgiveness, the same basic premise, “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” Find a “Green Mountain” of your own and get back in touch with the great outdoors! The Wilderness Preserved. Peace M
February 5, 2009
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