So thinking of empathy was a bit of a wash for me because I went in circles about the hurts and offenses again. I was stuck in a rut. I remember committing the same hurts and although, I have moved on, I feel guilty about the hurts I have caused. While I repair my offenses through apologies and compassion, I feel better and I hope my victim does too. I am impatient with my offenders and want them to provide me the same compassion. I guess we both need more time and that is how I can be more compassionate and forgiving.
I also think that an abused person can’t always muster empathy for their abuser. Empathy is not a rule for forgiveness. Yet, there is research that claims forgiveness decreases symptoms of PTSD allowing for post-traumatic-stress growth.
Screenshot from my Calm App meditation Guidance for today.
Like any other human, I have fears, plans, joys. I engage in bad self-talk and I am at a crossroads as I get older because we get to watch our loved ones die more often now. We have mental illness in our family and I am still trying to understand it and strive to encourage success in my loved ones and crush the stigma. I am a culinary artist, group fitness instructor. I love nature and I enjoy writing about my heart on my sleeve.
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