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I love this video by Ernesto Cortazar. It is a good one to look at on a bad day when I forget the importance of a positive attitude.
All the wisdom and spiritual traditions speak of forgiving others. I was recently in a situation that we are all familiar with – I had to deal with a person who is extremely difficult and unable to talk about what is upsetting her. I remind myself that this person is in pain and suffering, which then causes me to feel pain and suffering, but it does not always help in the moment. The only thing that works for me before and after one of her outbursts is prayer and the Metta Meditation. And I tell myself to forgive her and love her anyway, since maybe I hurt someone and caused them pain without realizing it. I would want them to forgive me for my ignorance and insensitivity.
I recently found a study by Emer and Proulx at the U. of Missouri which showed a linked between the ability to forgive and depression in women. Those who were empathic and had the ability to forgive were less prone to depression.
I always thought of forgiveness as an action recommended in Sunday School, not as an ability. If forgiveness is an ability, then it can be practiced and improved over time. I know from personal experience forgiveness comes more easily as I grow older and wiser, but now I know it is possible to actually get better at it.
So the next time I see her, I will remind myself to have empathy and compassion for her feelings, whatever they are! Wish me luck!
This was posted on Facebook on Sept. 21 by Stephen Kaczor.
There was a farmer who grew excellent quality corn. Every year he won the award for the best grown corn. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. “How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”
So is with our lives… Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all…
When I switched from regular ground beef to organic grass fed ground beef, it took me a few tries to get a beef patty with a flavor we liked that would not fall apart on the grill. Finally, we had some burgers this past weekend that both I and my husband were happy with.
When we think of meditation, what often comes to mind is taking 20 minutes to sit on a cushion with legs crossed with our hands on our knees. This is not the case, as you learn in this 2 minute video from Wild Divine, in which Dean Ornish shows how to reduce stess.