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Creating Joy with Non-Judgment

Joy is light. Joy is wonder. It is fuel for life’s next adventure. And, it is also sometimes hard to unearth. For me, joy has always been elusive. Gratitude is in my bones, and a day rarely goes by when I am not aware of something to be grateful for. But, joy, not so much….


You Are Not Your Story

We all have a story. Our story, or stories, emerge from the meaning we make about our experiences in life. Making meaning and the stories are part of what makes us human. And, like all universal human experiences, the stories we have about our lives serve an important purpose. How we relate to those stories…


The Fundamentals of Forgiveness: What Forgiveness Is and Is Not

The Fundamentals of Forgiveness: What Forgiveness Is and Is Not A fellow writer-friend once publicly shared her contempt for forgiveness. Why, she said, should she have to forgive her cruel, abusive father when he’s the one who is so f-ed up? It’s not fair. I’m the victim. Why should I do the work? How can…


The Fundamentals of Forgiveness: Why We Resist Healing

Intuitively we know forgiveness will lead to healing and freedom from the bonds of the past. Anyone who grew up in a mainstream religion or household centered on ethics has learned that forgiveness is a thing we should do, yet we resist. We fight against the very thing we know will open the door to…


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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