Episode 6: Forgiving the Unforgivable: Finding Compassion For Those Who’ve Done Harm

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In this episode Gia and Karen explore the pain experienced by those who unintentionally harm others, through accidents or mistakes. This conversation is an offshoot from last week’s podcast, Episode 5 and you may want to listen to it if you haven’t heard it already. We talk about the challenge of forgiving others who have hurt us and the even greater challenge of forgiving ourselves when we’ve screwed up. This episode covers:

  • How good things can arise from the midst of tragedy
  • The remarkable story of Matthew Shephard, whose parents forgave his murderers and went on to found the Matthew Shephard Foundation for the purpose of erasing hatred
  • Why it’s hard for people to forgive others
  • The “Galaxy View” of tragedy and how it helps us to be more compassionate with ourselves and others
  • How practicing forgiveness helps us but doesn’t let the perpetrator “off the hook”
  • Steps for finding our way to forgiveness and compassion for others

We are sending tons of love to all who have been harmed by others and may struggle with whether or not forgiveness is a good idea. Know that you must find your own path to peace and joy but we’re here to cheer you on as you seek to live with compassion and forgiveness.

Get some great tips from Karen’s blog: How to Make 2016 the Year of Bold Forgiveness

Gia and Karen

xxoo

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