01 January 2022

Forgiveness Resources

Expressing Love, Gratitude and Forgiveness

Forgiveness Resources : Mental Health and Motivation

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — G.K. Chesterton

How to Forgive Others and Self

Forgiveness is a complex and personal process that involves letting go of resentment, anger, and the desire for revenge towards someone who has wronged you. It is a conscious choice to release negative emotions and find inner peace. Here are some key points to understand about forgiveness:

1. Definition: Forgiveness is not about condoning or forgetting the hurtful actions of others. It does not mean that what happened was okay or that you have to reconcile with the person who harmed you. Instead, forgiveness is about freeing yourself from the burden of anger and resentment.

2. Healing and well-being: Forgiveness can contribute to your own emotional healing and well-being. Holding onto anger and resentment can lead to stress, anxiety, and even physical health issues. By forgiving, you can experience relief, inner peace, and move forward with your life.

3. Empowerment: Forgiveness is a powerful act of reclaiming personal power. It allows you to take control of your own emotions and responses, rather than letting the actions of others dictate your state of mind.

4. Self-compassion: Forgiveness involves extending compassion to yourself as well as to the person who harmed you. It acknowledges that you deserve to let go of negative emotions and live a life free from the burden of past grievances.

5. Process and time: Forgiveness is not an instant or linear process. It can take time, and it may involve various stages, including acknowledging the pain, expressing emotions, and working through the hurt. It's important to be patient and gentle with yourself as you navigate the journey of forgiveness.

6. Boundaries and self-protection: Forgiving someone does not mean you have to reestablish a relationship or trust them again. It's crucial to set healthy boundaries and protect yourself from further harm. Forgiveness is about finding inner peace, but it doesn't require you to put yourself in vulnerable situations.

7. Closure and acceptance: Forgiveness can provide a sense of closure and acceptance. It allows you to let go of the past, accept what has happened, and focus on the present and the future.

It's important to note that forgiveness is a personal choice, and it may not be suitable or possible in all situations. Some wounds may be deeply painful, and forgiveness can be a challenging process. Seeking support from loved ones, therapists, or support groups can be helpful when dealing with forgiveness.

Ultimately, forgiveness is about prioritizing your own well-being and finding a path to emotional freedom and peace, irrespective of the actions of others. (Source: ChatGPT 2023) 

Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice Martha C. Nussbaum

Expressing Love, Gratitude and Forgiveness Article

Forgiveness: Letting go of Grudges and Bitterness Article

How to Forgive when You Cant : The Breakthrough guide to Free Your Hart and Mind
Dr. Jim Dincalci

Radical Self-Forgiveness: The Direct Path to True Self-Acceptance
Colin Tipping

The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World
Desmond Tutu / Mpho Tutu

The Benefits of Forgiveness and Gratitude Article

The Healing Powers of Altruism, Forgiveness and Gratitude Article

Self-Forgiveness For Most People Is Harder Than To Forgive Others Article

Taking the Steps to Forgive Yourself Article

Philosophy Books and Online Resources

Philosophy Books and Online Resources

“To leave is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”― Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosophy Books and Online Resources 

What is Philosophy?

Western Philosophy

Ancient Philosophy: A New History of Western Philosophy Volume 1 / 2 / 3 Anthony Kenny

Friedrich Nietzsche Beyond Good and Evil
Translation by Marion Faber

Philosophy 101: From Plato and Socrates to Ethics and Metaphysics, an Essential Primer
on the History of Thought
 Paul Kleinman

Reason and Emotion: Essays on Ancient Moral Psychology and Ethical Theory
John M. Cooper

The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche
Translation by Thomas Common

The Dream of Reason: A History of Western Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance
Anthony Gottlieb

The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche
Edited by Bernard Williams

The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained PDF Download

The Story of Philosophy: The Essential Guide to the History of Western Philosophy
Bryan Magee

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Western Philosophy - Contemporary Philosophy Article

What is Western Philosophy? Article

What is Philosophy? Dietrich von Hildebrand PDF Download 

What is Philosophy? The Basics of Philosophy Article

Relationship Communication Resources

Improving Relationships With Effective Communication Skills

Relationship Communication Resources : Mental Health and Motivation

Trust is the glue of life. It is the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” — Stephen R. Covey

Relationship Communication

Improving Communication Skills

Communication Patterns That Hurt Relationships Article

Communication Problems Article

Effective Communication Techniques for Couples Article

How Good Communication can Nurture a Financially Strong Relationship Article

How Lack Of Communication Can Sneakily Ruin Relationships & How To Fix It Article

How To Communicate in a Relationship Article

How to Improve Your Relationships With Effective Communication Skills Article

Relationships and Communication Article

Signs Your Relationship Has Real Communication Issues Article

Going No Contact : Fast-Tracking Detachment

What is Mental Health?

Mental Health Awareness Information

What is Mental Health? : Mental Health and Motivation

If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.” – Russell Wilson

Importance of Mental Health

Benefits of Good Mental Health Article

Building Better Mental Health Article

Reasons Why Mental Health Is So Important Article

What Is Mental Health? Article

What is Mental Health and Mental Disorders Article

Why It’s Important to Care for Your Mental Health Article

Why Is Mental Health Important? Article

What is Mental Health? - Mental Health Introduction


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Relaxation and Stress Release Resources

Stress Release and Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation and Stress Release Resources

Getting in balance is not so much about adopting new strategies to change your behaviors, as it is about realigning yourself in all of your thoughts so as to create a balance between what you desire and how you conduct your life on a daily basis.”- Wayne Dyer

Relaxation and Stress Release

How to Manage Stress

Effective Stress Relievers for Your Life Article

Meditation for Stress Article

Reading for Stress Relief Article

Relaxation Techniques: Learn How to Manage Stress Article

Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress Article Article

Relaxation Techniques: What You Need To Know Article

Releasing Stress Through the Power of Music Article

Simple Ways to Relieve Stress and Anxiety Article

Sleepless Nights? Try Stress Relief Techniques Article

Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and Body Article

Why Relaxation is so Important Article

Welcome to 2022...

“Life is about change, sometimes it’s painful, sometimes it’s beautiful, but most of the time it’s both.”
 — Kristin Kreuk

Wishing my friends, clients and supporters in Cape Town, the rest of South Africa, Africa, France, Portugal, UK, USA and a few other countries a Happy and Safe 2022.

Also to all of you who supported me personally through a challenging 2021 - Thank You!

A special mention to my friends in France and Portugal – Thank You for your immense (long distance) personal support.

Table Mountain After Sunset

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World Federation for Mental Health

WFMH World Federation for Mental Health
World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)
WFMH is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all peoples and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health.

WFMH Mission
The mission of the World Federation for Mental Health is to promote the advancement of mental health awareness, prevention of mental disorders, advocacy, and best practice recovery focused interventions worldwide.

WFMH Goals
  • To heighten public awareness about the importance of mental health, and to gain understanding and improve attitudes about mental disorders
  • To promote mental health and prevent mental disorders
  • To improve the care, treatment and recovery of people with mental disorders

Source: WFMH

WFMH World Mental Health Congress Westminster, London 2022 

WFMH World Mental Health Congress London 2022
World Mental Health Congress "Mental heath: a global priority" Westminster, London 2022 

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