If you were to die today, what might be unsaid or unsettled? We will take the time to address what is often easily avoided for a lifetime with this practice.
Having someone to forgive seems to come with being human. We feel that the quotes and concepts regarding forgiveness make sense -the whole idea that it’s not about freeing the other person but freeing yourself- yet we’ve found it’s often more complicated than simply making the decision to do so.
We will ask difficult questions... What if the person we need to forgive has died? What if it’s not healthy to have a relationship with the person we would like to forgive? What if we sometimes have feelings of freedom and understanding and other times not?
As usual, we will ask more questions than we answer, and create a space to explore this often complex topic with the support of one another.
This workshop features guest speaker Ondrea Barbe, a brilliant documentary filmmaker based in New York. We will show a brief clip of Ondrea’s film, Constant Fleeting, which speaks deeply to this topic of forgiveness and how difficult and complicated it can be. When Ondrea learns of her estranged mother’s cancer diagnosis, she wades through decades of familial secrets to film their final years together. Constant Fleeting shows us that it’s never too late to heal a lifetime of pain— and write a new story with the next generation.
About the host: Jessica Murby is an author, occupational therapist, hospice volunteer, and yogi with a rare freakish adrenaline tumor condition, the experience of which has led to much of this work.