Forgiving Yourself

I've done some dumb things.  Some things I'm not proud of. And some that I'm embarrassed about.   I've made bad decisions. Followed by worse ones. And held tightly to some bad assumptions.   I've inadvertently hurt those I've loved. Made others feel badly. And neglected to own up to my faults.   I could … Continue reading Forgiving Yourself

The Science Of Forgiveness

Why is forgiveness so hard? Is it that our pain screams to be heard and validated? Is it because we feel entitled to an apology and reparations for any wrongdoing? Is it coming from a belief that any attack was targeted and any forgiveness is simply showing weakness? Is it based on a conviction that … Continue reading The Science Of Forgiveness

Hurt People Hurt People and The Seven Keys of Conscious Compassion

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Some of them are hard to love. They come into my classroom with a scowl upon their face and a dark shadow behind their eyes. They sit slumped and defiant or spend the entire period looking like they're ready to fight. Some of them are hard to love. They respond to a positive word with … Continue reading Hurt People Hurt People and The Seven Keys of Conscious Compassion

When You Shouldn’t Forgive

We are told that to err is human; to forgive is divine. But is that always the case? Are there times when forgiveness actually harms you rather than setting you free? Read the article. It made me think. What does it say to you? For all that culturally we admire the ability to forgive—it’s associated … Continue reading When You Shouldn’t Forgive

Celebration, Enhancement, Intention

I've never been one for resolutions. They always seemed punitive to me - starting with the belief that you've been "bad" and need to be "good." They are usually black and white, leaving little room for adjustment. Most people give up on their resolutions within weeks. I merely need to count the heads in the … Continue reading Celebration, Enhancement, Intention