September 2016

AV/ ELUL 5776

from Wellness & Learning Network

REPAIRING RELATIONSHIPS

The spelling of ELUL is an acronym of Ani l’dodi v’dodi li (I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine), from the Song of Songs. The central importance of relationships to the healing process – both spiritual and physical – should not be underrated. We are asked to consider our actions and lack of action during the previous year. Specific offenses toward individuals need to be rectified. This requirement to make amends is quite health promoting.

Recommitment to our relationships is the goal. Current research is overwhelming on the positive impact of forgiveness on our health. Both the process and the outcome of forgiveness are beneficial.