forgiveness practice

forgiveness practice

The folks at Greater Good Magazine have identified forgiveness as one of the keys to well-being. They offer a lovely, succinct definition: a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you,...
Deep listening, loving speech

Deep listening, loving speech

Without meaning to, I plunge myself into the muck of judgment. I suddenly find myself believing that there is a bad person in the room. Sometimes, I believe it’s me. Sometimes, I think it’s you. In that moment, I want to “forgive with wild abandon.” The truth is,...
Transforming guilt

Transforming guilt

I am reminding myself of my kind promise “to forgive with wild abandon.” I grew up with an idea that Right and Wrong were absolutes. Doing wrong required begging forgiveness and being wronged required giving forgiveness. As I have aged, I have softened. My ideas of...
Are you sending ripples of hope?

Are you sending ripples of hope?

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy’s “Ripple of Hope” speech, given at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He said: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth...