The Way of Reconciliation

References to the heart continue to abound this Lenten season, but also passages, musings, and a deep and innate desire for reconciliation...

I shared this with a dear soul companion recently, and she asked me what it was that I was feeling I needed to be reconciled to. God? Others? And I realized that what I meant by reconciliation is so much more...

The Bhagavad Gita, a beloved scripture of Hindus, teaches there are many "margas" - ways, or paths to the Divine. For example, there is the path - or yoga of action - of good deeds and doing our duty. There is the path of karma - intricately linked to the choices we make. There is the path of devotion, and the most refined path, which is the way of meditation.

But I believe, there is also the path of reconciliation...

Implied in the definitions for this word are the notions that reconciliation is about making something consistent or compatible - or seeking harmony or resolution between two opposites in the midst of estrangement or conflict. It is about settling, bringing back together, or reconsecrating...

Reconsecrating to me, means making something holy again... A relationship, an understanding, a perspective - one's very life...

Reconciliation to me, is about "atonement..."

Atonement is really - "At - one - ment." That is, making something that has become separate, "one" again...

This season, I have felt the sense of urgency to fulfill all that is meant and implied by reconciliation. In some cases, it has meant reaching out to a few souls that had become estranged, and it has led to a warm reconnection and rekindling of a relationship, while in other cases no resolutions were achieved, and no doors were opened...

In situations where no connection can occur, it has meant doing Loving-kindness meditation for healing and shifting the energy or vibration needed at some level...

I've had to reflect on the reality that not all relationships in our lives are meant to last. But even so, I believe we should try to reconcile with one another - and to try to make what has become separate, whole, or "one" again - or to at least seed harmony where dissonance has prevailed, whether or not it results in a healing or a reconsecration...

So, this is what reconciliation means to me. It is simply a path one chooses to take on one's spiritual journey. It is not easy by any means - but we must try to make right what has become wrong - we should try to make amends - and reconsecrate our hearts. In fact, we cannot embody the way of the heart, without first embodying the way of reconciliation, and even if that is not achieved as an end result, I believe we should try to work toward it anyway...

In atoning, and reconciling, we till the soil of the heart, and prepare to plant new seeds in anticipation of new blossoms that will thrive in the fertile ground of the innermost being we have reconsecrated...

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