July 31, 2021 by Kgalalelo
It is the last day of July and the weather is improving. We have been experiencing a lot of minus temperatures in the past two weeks and today the minimum temperature was 0°C. Even though winter officially ends at the end of August, the worst has passed. July is usually the coldest month of winter in South Africa especially in my part of the country. Soon, the electric blanket will be a thing of the past as we are slowly approaching spring, my favourite season. I was born in October, so it makes sense.
When I was growing up Spring day on the 1st September was always a day to look forward to, dressing light and having plenty of fun activities that represent spring. Throughout the years though, September has gotten cooler; nonetheless, I can’t wait for spring. Sandals are more appealing than boots, socks, and a beany.
I’ve been having conversations with my cousin lately about healing the body and emotions. We both agree that disease sometimes represent negative emotions stored in the body. It could be anything from bitterness, resentment, anger and any other emotion that is not joyful or loving. The Bible calls such things the acts of the flesh. Some of them include “sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies” (Galatians 5:20-21). There are others according to the Bible and some are interlinked.
These are harmful to one’s body and also affect other people’s emotions. They leave lasting scars because when you do something to another, you harm them. This causes unnecessary discord and people hold on to offense for a very long time, some until death. A bitter and angry person can easily have a heart attack or stroke.
Our bodies are our costumes for as long as we are on earth and therefore, we have to look after them and be aware of what we are feeding them, that is, what we consume with the mind or the mouth. I find myself in the space of healing too, especially irrational fears. Many people are still hanging on to wounds of their childhood, growing up without a father, living with a heavy drinker or being abused in some way. People are going through heavy things and this is the time for all of humanity to heal in different parts of the world.
We’ve had a rough winter in the country not only as a result of the weather condition, but also hunger, riots, the pandemic and people’s personal problems. We need to live with hope for a better season. Spring is a time of joy and laughter; plants are blooming, and people are usually invigorated when they feel the warm weather. They start jogging to shed kilos, go to the gym, children play in the streets and energy completely shifts. I am thrilled and look forward to seeing nature and people come alive.
The Bible teaches us to live and experience the fruits of the spirit which are “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23), in season and out of season, 365 days a year, however, we all find ourselves in difficulties every now and then, but we need not camp there for too long. If we do, we are likely to affect our bodies and those around us. Think of your situation as a winter season and as we approach spring, time is coming for us to shed that. We are hibernating in the country and other parts of the world and should start preparing to leave winter behind, in our minds. The circumstances that has held us back for too long, it is time to let go and create new memories that will fill our cells with joy and lightness.
Let us welcome a new season with hope in our hearts as we depart from the freezing cold. We cannot afford to remain stuck in negative thinking patterns as they are detrimental to our health. We need to heal both as individuals and as a collective.
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Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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