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

Episode 5: “Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason” – or Does It? How We Live With Grief

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In this episode Gia and Karen discuss an article about grief we recently read that was titled “Everything Doesn’t Happen for a Reason” by Tim Lawrence. We dissect the article and find plenty of statements to disagree with, to validate, and to further explain. The conversation covers these interesting points:

  • What “everything happens for a reason” means and doesn’t mean
  • Suffering is not a requirement for growth but can be a catalyst
  • Grief is a process and may look different to us at different stages in the process
  • We have to hold both perspectives: (1) Suffering is terrible AND (2) it is possible to grow and transform as a result of our suffering
  • Deep love makes us vulnerable to suffering and loss and can break our hearts open
  • How finding meaning in our suffering helps us carry the pain
  • Self-compassion is necessary to get through time of suffering
  • Why saying nothing can be the best thing to do during times of grief
  • What to do for a grieving friend

Here is a link to Karen’s blog for more suggestions: Grief: How to Help in Difficult Times

We know that grief is an individual process, unique to each person who experiences it. But it is also a universal experience–something we all share as part of life here on Planet Earth. We hope you find comfort and peace in knowing that we feel the pain of life, too, right along with you. Send us your comments! We are sending you our love!!

Gia and Karen

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Episode 2: How to Bounce Back From a Downturn

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Gia and Karen discuss the inevitable downturns of life and how they get through them. They reveal some of their own struggles with disappointment and emotional letdowns and their recognition that these events are a normal and necessary part of life. You will learn:

  • How to prepare for downturns so that you can experience more equanimity
  • What you can learn from times of darkness
  • Why  you need your own “toolkit” to help you raise your energy again after experiencing a downturn
  • Cool tips and tools for getting out of a slump and back to higher consciousness
  • Why life provides us with more questions than answers

Remember, you are not alone if your are currently struggling in a downturn of life–we are right there with you! Check out these resources mentioned in this podcast:

Karen’s book: What Really Matters

Gia’s Meditation Videos:   Two Steps to Hear Your Soul       Eyes Above the Storm

Jessica’s Daily Affirmation Video

Buddha on the Train Video

Click here to get a copy of the Rilke poem we read to you!

We love you! Join us for the next episode!

Episode 1: Meet Gia and Karen

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Get acquainted with yoga and meditation teacher and singer-songwriter Gia and her Mom, Karen, who is a doctor and author. Find out about their philosophy and how they both survive all the crazy ups and downs of life as creative entrepreneurs. In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Life as a school where lessons are learned and love is the ultimate purpose
  • How to handle fear of failure
  • Recognizing that the higher wisdom of the Universe doesn’t always make sense to our rational minds
  • The Garden and Galaxy views of life
  • The amazing “Mural Dream” that shows how life is ultimately perfect, just as it is

Get inspired and enjoy the ride on this wild planet with Gia and Karen–we’ll share our best secrets for living joyfully with you!

Connect with Gia: www.divinelygia.com

Connect with Karen: www.karenwyattmd.com or www.eoluniversity.com