Forgiveness, Apology & Reconciliation
Resentment is like a glass of poison that a man drinks; then he sits down and waits for his enemy to die. Nelson Mandela
Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. Rumi
Imagine you live in a community that has its own “Death Lodge,” a place where a dying person can rest and receive the visitors who come to say goodbye. This is the natural place of “making it good” with your people so you can cleanly move on, and they can let you go in the fullness of completion. An old hospice teaching says that to complete a relationship five things must be said: “I forgive you”; “you forgive me”; “thank you”; “I love you”; and “goodbye.” This is the sacred work of the Death Lodge.
One of the great challenges we all face in life is to do this work now, when it is most needed, rather than waiting until the last days of our dying. If we don’t keep our relationships current, we risk being weighed down by a lifetime of woundings, angers, and regrets that make it more difficult to surrender to our death, or to the fullness of our life. Too often we become stuck in the mire of too much memory, or we hide from ourselves in the secret of trying to forget. We risk turning into yet another cycle of anger, vengeance and victimization.
In this gathering we will explore together what the four shields of Forgiveness, Apology, and Reconciliation have to teach us about restoring a personal and communal balance that embraces the wounds of the past. Where is it that we are likely to get stuck in the turning of this wheel? And when might we forgive too soon, or apologize too shallowly? Jewels to be found in these lodges are godlike qualities: mercy, compassion, essential self-respect, and maybe even the grace to forgive the “unforgivable.” If you listen, today more than ever, you can hear a cry for this kind of healing—be it in the lives of individual friends, or in the biggest stories of our time. That cry is calling for each of us to do the wrenching work of self-reflection and personal healing, which evokes the deeper levels of our humanity, offering the possibility of a reconciliation with self and others that is sacred, humbling, and ultimately life-changing.
Our aim is both educational and therapeutic. Educationally, we will see how the wisdom of the modern hospice movement and the ancient, pan-cultural wisdom of indigenous ways and the 4 shields can be interwoven. Therapeutically, time spent alone in nature each afternoon will encourage you to experience the wisdom of your own nature, and your personal truth about forgiveness and apology in your life. In the late afternoon and evening we will sit in council to hear the stories of this solo time, and learn from each other.
Mit Meredith Little und Team
Die Lichtung, NÖ/Waldviertel
Unterkunft & Verpflegung: € 90.– bis € 111.– pro Tag (Bezahlung vor Ort)
Die Anmeldung für die Zimmer ist ab Anfang März direkt bei Claudia R. Pichl möglich.
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Board and lodging: € 90.– to € 111.– per day (payment on site)
You can place your booking for the rooms directly with Claudia R. Pichl from the beginning of March.
You will be notified in time.
In Kooperation mit Womenandearth, Susann Belz
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Zeit & Ort
(FrühzahlerInnenpreis bis 26.01.2023)