One "gift" of having a stroke is the time to think and reflect.
I have spent much of this time dwelling on the topic of forgiveness and health. I was planning on writing a book about forgiveness when my brain bleed happened.
It turns out that the act of forgiving yourself is most important. You spend a lot of time in physical therapy during stroke recovery. Now research has focused on the topic of forgiveness and physical therapy.
Forgiving self is difficult. People who were able to do it, however, improved in one research study, leaving the researchers to conclude that forgiveness-based intervention may be useful in rehabilitation and physical therapy.
You need not wait for such a program to present itself (wheels in the healthcare setting do turn slow). Start now. Give yourself the gift of forgiveness.
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CONCLUSIONS: Forgiveness of self appears to be the most important to health, yet the most difficult to achieve. Religious culture may influence whether feeling forgiven by God is also important. Forgiveness-based intervention may be useful in the context of rehabilitation, in general, and physical therapy, in particular.
Forgiveness and health among people in outpatient physical therapy. - Svalina SS - Disabil Rehabil - 01-JAN-2012; 34(5): 383-92 (MEDLINE® is the source for the citation and abstract of this record )