“I think of forgiveness as coming to terms with things as they are, and choosing to live with a light and generous heart. It doesn’t mean condoning cruelty or whitewashing over any kind of abuse or mistreatment. And it doesn’t mean reconciliation. It’s a radical reclamation of personal well-being and a refusal to contribute to the cycle of hatred and retribution.”
Forgiveness is both a natural capacity and a skill that can be learned and strengthened. By becoming more forgiving yourself, you are also relieving suffering for others.
In this course we’ll explore what forgiveness is, what it isn’t, and pay particular attention to what gets in the way of the natural unfolding of forgiveness.
The course includes:
- Daily meditation practice. It is surprising how much can happen in just one week of practicing forgiveness!!!!!
- Two 2-hour classes with reflections, guided group inquiry and small group exercises.
- Lots of supplemental materials on the science of and research about forgiveness.
- The purpose of this course is to increase the possibility of forgiveness through challenging misconceptions, removing obstacles, clarifying understanding, and learning a formal forgiveness practice. You’ll have an opportunity to connect in real time with individuals from around the world as you experiment with and practice forgiveness.
- Didactic presentations, reflections, dyads, small and large group discussion and guided meditation (mp3 provided).
- Relevant research on forgiveness will be shared, but the primary focus is experiential.
Schedule Saturday 9:30-11:30am PT:
Should you choose to take this class, 100% of the instructor’s fee will support Compassion Corps grants which fund certified compassion teachers to offer programs free of charge to underserved communities. Grants awarded in 2021 include: Parents living in Sao Paulo, refugees on the southern border of Mexico, clinical staff of the National Service for Infants in Chile, caregivers for the chronically ill in Spain and more!