If you are new to this conversation, I am blogging out my experience of forgiveness through the lens of the four parts of the person – body, heart, mind and spirit. These four can be traced back to the beginning of time recorded by leaders such as Hippocrates.
I’m also envisioning a Forgiveness Center. The first floor of this imaginary Centre was fashioned with body forgiveness in mind. This is my weakest area of awareness so I found it fascinating. The second floor is fashioned with heart forgiveness which features storytelling.
I have now taken the imaginary elevator to the third floor – that of the mind.
I thought the mind would be simple -"one just chooses" to forgive. I grew up in the era of the old revival meetings where one would choose to be converted and walk up the "sawdust trail" as an outward manifestation of "choosing." It was all about choosing.
Didn't we 'just choose" to forgive that night we saw the trauma presence on the bed? Wasn't that just the mind? Not necessarily when one realizes that the body holds the trauma. Perhaps it was in partnership with the brain - and if so what part of the brain.
Apparently according to neuroscience, which is the branch of the natural sciences concerned with how the brain and the nervous system control behavior, there are six main functions of the brain.
It took all of these six functions of the brain to navigate the decade-long trial that we went through - which definitely was a mind game.
We are truly beautifully and wonderfully made.
Nobody escapes being wounded. We are all wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not, 'How can we hide our wounds?' so we don't have to be embarrassed, but 'How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?' – Henri Nouwen