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

The Universe Tests You

I have always believed that, when you “think” you have learned a life lesson, the Universe tests you. I often see friends and clients get mad, shaking their fists at the sky saying, “I already learned this lesson? Why are you sending this problem to me again?” Why? Because the Universe always gives you a final exam. You know, just to be absolutely sure you learned the lesson. There is a second option for the need of a test. Maybe there is another angle or aspect of that lesson you haven’t learned. So no, maybe you haven’t learned your lesson. Hence, the test. Continue reading The Universe Tests You