Finding Hope & Forgiveness

How can we cultivate hope and forgiveness during our darkest hour?  With each tragedy our society endures, it feels as if we’re slipping into the abyss of a “new normal”.  This is something that we must fight against, not by pushing it away with anger, hatred or fear. Through the lens of compassion, it’s clear to see that we are not so dissimilar from one another.  It’s in realizing those similarities that the sparks of hope and forgiveness are fueled.

Practicing compassion, forgiveness, love, and kindness, with ourselves and everyone around us, can impact the world in ways we may never fully comprehend. Living a life of greater love for one another starts by seeing the divinity in each person that crosses our path. Sometimes this might be difficult to do, but it’s in recognizing this, everything changes.

Make Every Moment Count!

Forgiving the Unforgivable

What does it mean to truly forgive somebody, on every level and for everything? I used to think that I had a great capacity for forgiveness and that, over the years, I had developed a deeper level of compassion for those that had slighted me, understanding that they are often operating out of an unresolved pain or trauma. However, my belief in my abilities was shattered and dramatically changed after watching the movie The Shack.

The film, based off the book by William P. Young, follows the journey of Mack Phillips who spends a weekend with a trio of individuals, each personifying God, at an old shack in the woods. The story takes place after a man called, “The little lady killer” kidnaps and murders Mack’s youngest daughter while the family is on a camping trip. While the rest of the family attempt to move through the pain, Mack falls into a deep depression that spurs doubt regarding his beliefs. The topics of forgiveness, judgement and love are discussed in a whole new way and eventually brings Mack back to peace, healing and a deeper level on his personal beliefs, changing him forever.

Watching this movie was an eye-opening experience that left me questioning how deep my level of forgiveness was. Did I truly forgive everyone with an open heart? Even if it was something unforgivable?

Every painful moment can be traced back to an initial heartache or trauma someone has endured, usually at the hands of another. The root of this suffering is often not easily visible to the person experiencing the pain. Yet, if we are willing to step back and see the entire story, the reason someone might have wronged us becomes clear. While this doesn’t condone behavior or activity that goes against social and moral conduct, it offers us the opportunity to be more compassionate and objective when forgiving someone, being careful to not get caught up in the energy of their story. If we are willing to step back and look at the bigger picture, we find that, while each of us is unique, we are not all that dissimilar.

As expressed in The Shack, we were made to love and forgive. That is our legacy to the world. Love is the answer to all things and the greatest gift we can give one another. But the first step to giving love is receiving peace. And how is it possible to receive peace? By freeing ourselves with forgiveness and approaching all situations with the same compassion and wisdom we would like to see in others. I encourage you to break the chains of resentment and find a way to peace, in all of your relationships, even if it means forgiving the unforgivable. As my mentor Judy Goodman has taught me, forgiveness doesn’t mean condoning what someone has done, it’s about freedom & peace. You deserve to have peace in your life! Only then will we be on track to living the life we desire — a loving, joyful and fulfilling one.

Make Every Moment Count!

A Short Path to Change with Jenny Mannion

JennyMannion-300dpiA Short Path to Change is really about a journey about tapping into yourself, knowing that you are more and that change doesn’t have to be as hard as we make it or take a long time to see results.  The book is broken down into four sections, including 30 practical exercises.  Each individual chapter offers an exercise that will help you connect to your soul, transform and create your life by tapping into that deeper part of you by practicing kindness, patience, self-love, and forgiveness.

Section 1)  Getting Rid of the Old Stuff – Chapters include: Forgiveness/Self-Forgiveness and Fears and Worry.

Section 2)  Learning about the Chakra System to Balance Your Energy Body –  My goal was to explain each chakra and the system as a whole as simply as possible so anyone that reads this can learn to use the chakras and their own inner diagnostic system. There is an Introductory Unit and a Chapter to help you understand each Chakra.

Section 3)  The Present Moment – Seven Exercises to connect to the present moment including  Chapters on Self-Love and Energy Healing.

Section 4)  New Ways of Thought – This Unit addresses the challenges that might come up and ways to keep moving forward on your path to change. It includes chapters and exercises on Self-Sabotage and Intention Setting.

Jenny Mannion graduated from Penn State University with a BA in psychology and was always interested in how the mind worked and in helping others. She began her own transformation through healing herself of several chronic diseases in three weeks. Since healing, Jenny has become an alternative healing practitioner, mind/body mentor and inspires people to connect with their inner power to create the life they desire. 

Jenny has witnessed clients in her own practice heal from depression, cancer, MS and many other chronic diseases and come out not only healthy but creating a life they never dreamed of. It is Jenny’s passion to help others tap into their own inner powers to transform their lives as she shares in the book she authored called, “A Short Path to Change: 30 Ways to Transform Your Life.” Jenny now conducts workshops and is a contributing blogger for The Huffington Post. She is originally from New York City and now lives in upstate New York with her two children.

A Short Path to Change: 30 Ways to Transform Your Life

Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

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Join me TODAY, Dec 31st at 5pm EST/3pm MST with special guest Scarlett Lewis on Moments with Marianne at 1510AM WMEX BOSTON and Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network as we talk about her dear son Jesse Lewis, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation and her journey through tragedy toward love and forgiveness in her book inspired by what Jesse wrote on a chalkboard at home, Nurturing Healing Love.

Scarlett Lewis is the mother of Jesse Lewis who was killed in his first grade classroom during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 along with 19 classmates and 6 teachers and administrators in one of the worst school shootings in US history. She founded of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation in honor of Jesse and to spread a message he left on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died, Nurturing Healing Love, the formula for choosing love, and to promote social and emotional education in schools as well as a consistent message of compassion in our communities.

Visit her website is http://www.jesselewischooselove.org

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a commitment to reach students, educators and individuals, nationally and internationally, and provide them with a simple, yet profound formula for choosing love.

Moments With Marianne is heard on Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network every Thursday & Friday at 5pm & 5amEST, Saturdays at 5am EST and every 2nd Sunday at 8pmEST when Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network is live at 1510am WMEX Boston, with listeners in over 135 countries.

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