Here is the vision statement for my practice Doorway to Healing:
“To build world peace and fellowship, one person, one moment at a time”
It is based on this famous verse by Lao-tse:
If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.
So how do we create peace in the heart?
Among many other acts and qualities, it requires forgiveness, one of the hardest practices in the life of a human being.
And since it is universally acknowledged as challenging, what better time for us to come together to begin, continue, or begin again, than now?
- In the 9th month, which for many in a 12-step program of recovery is a month we focus on making amends, and
- In the Jewish calendar, it is the month of Elul, the month of making an accounting of the past year and making amends, and
- As we approach the festival of Michaelmas, we endeavor to take time for reflection and forgiveness as we (in the northern hemisphere) cross the threshold into the darkest and coldest time of year.
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Sunday, September 10, 2023
9:00 – 11:30am Mountain Time
Johns Hopkins: “Studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for your health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression and stress. And research points to an increase in the forgiveness-health connection as you age.” Johns Hopkins Medicine | Health
Harvard: “Practicing forgiveness can have powerful health benefits. Observational studies, and even some randomized trials, suggest that forgiveness is associated with lower levels of depression, anxiety, and hostility; reduced substance abuse; higher self-esteem; and greater life satisfaction.” Harvard Medical School
Washington Post: “Research conducted across five countries shows that when forgiveness is taught, practiced and achieved, the result is better mental and overall well-being.” The Washington Post
Science Times: “Every time you think about regrets, experience resentment or replay bad memories in your head, your body suffers just as much as your mind. That's why harboring negative emotions can lead to devastating long-term disease.” The Science Times
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