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Why Does Empathy Matter in Forgiveness?

Empathy is the ability to walk a mile in another’s skin; to consider life from their perspective. It involves both an intellectual capacity to imagine and an emotional attunement to their experience. Empathy is an integral part of forgiving others and the self. Forgiving Others Let’s first look at why empathy matters when forgiving someone…

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The Fundamentals of Forgiveness: Psychological and Physical Health Benefits

Forgiveness is a process of self-actualization in which we choose to move through hurt feelings such as shame, anger, and resentment in favor of self-compassion, self-love, and empathy. Doesn’t that sound liberating? One of the oddities of doing this work is seeing how transformative the work can be and how much people resist it.  Let’s try…

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The Key to Authentic Change: Choosing Acceptance Over Resistance

You cannot change what you do not understand.   At one time or another, most of us have wished something about ourselves was different. We know this from experience, but we also can look at the vast personal transformation industry if we doubt how universal the urge is. The ideas and opinions professed by “experts” range…

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