Forgiveness and Mercy

I was listening to an interview with Elizabeth Gilbert when she said something that stopped me in my tracks.

“Anytime I get a chance to talk to people on the subject of mercy, I just want to put in a word for it. Because I believe that we live in a merciless culture, and I believe that we are merciless to ourselves and I believe that we are very often merciless to each other. But most merciless to ourselves because we’ve been taught to be.”

I heard her say the words “…I believe that we live in a merciless culture…”and I stopped in my tracks because she is right. Being in the healing industry, I’m always hearing talk of compassion. In fact, right now I’m taking an online workshop about self-compassion.

But mercy? Mercy seems like a more powerful word, an active word. And I started to wonder, what is the difference between compassion and mercy?

Let’s take a look at the definitions. Continue reading Forgiveness and Mercy

Gratitude for Others – The Loving Kindness Meditation

The other day, one of the yogis from class gave me a business card. The card simply said, “YOU MATTER.” She explained that there is a “You Matter Marathon” every November where the goal is to hand out 30 of the “YOU MATTER” cards to people. She said, “You matter to me, so I want you to have this.”

I felt so special and honored. It totally made my day.

I had never heard of the “You Matter Marathon”, so I had to look it up. Continue reading Gratitude for Others – The Loving Kindness Meditation