“Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies."

- Nelson Mandela -

FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is the tip of the iceberg of self-transformation. When an unforgiving heart is healed it is arguably one the most transforming experiences one can have. Everett Worthington, professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and a pioneer in forgiveness research, has found that people who won't forgive the wrongs committed against them tend to have negative indicators of health and well-being: more stress-related disorders, lower immune-system function, and cardiovascular disease. There is even research linking resentment as a cause of cancer. When we don't forgive, we hold onto resentment and resentment is harmful to us. There is more. Did you know that resentment is considered the number one cause of addictions? Yes it's true.

As Nelson Mandela said, “Resentment is like drinking poison and hoping the other person dies." While it may be clear to some of us that we need to forgive, to others it might be something completely new. In our workshop we explore the toxic effects resentment has on us, allowing ourselves to fully feel the heavy burden of holding onto a grudge. Learning to forgive entails more than just dealing with resentment; it is about changing the way we respond to the world. Resentment has a negative impact on us - physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thus forgiving transforms us on all three levels. This means forgiving is not just about healing one toxic relationship; it is about holistic healing and transformation. It is about a change in consciousness that transforms our relationship with ourselves, others and God.

I invite you to enter the transforming world of forgiving and let go of your resentment through our various forgiveness workshops.

CONSEQUENCES OF NOT FORGIVING

  • Poor health
  • Stress
  • Mental disturbance
  • Unhappiness
  • Emotional pain & instability
  • Disturbed relationship(s)
  • Lack of internal peace and balance
  • Not being in full control of my life
  • Living in the past
  • Self-torture
  • Living in a self-created prison
  • Living with a poisoned heart

FORGIVENESS IS A GIFT YOU GIVE TO YOURSELF

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HOW MUCH IS RESENTMENT AFFECTING YOU?

Resentment is so-called power and control. Anger is power; resentment affords control. Staying angry seems to protect us from further mistreatment and helps us remain "in control" but the reality is just the opposite. Resentment does not give us control; it puts us under the control of our anger. Resentment only fuels our anger, and this gives us a false sense of power and control. Resentment does not give us protection; it destroys us.