Forgiveness is a theme that pops into my mind during the holiday season. Wanting to share a remarkable and researched reason to forgive and to promote an upcoming program at Manchester District Library, I Goggled the word. As happens with general terms, I was given options galore for reading about forgiveness. It seems the lists abound with variety of who to forgive (the other woman, a parent, a friend, a stranger), number of reasons to forgive (from seven to twenty-five), and the positive impact it will have (on your health, relationships, psychological well-being).
I chose to skip the reading. Each list was surely unique. Each author has their own perspective. If, however, you have any interest in discovering for yourself the benefits of forgiving or how to begin your journey to forgiveness, please attend our program on December 10, 2013, at 6:30 pm. Manchester’s own Lorri Coburn will be presenting Fight, Flight or Forgiveness: How to Choose Forgiveness for Mental and Physical Health. Attendees will learn what forgiveness is and is not, how it affects your mental and physical health, and a variety of techniques to apply forgiveness.
Lorri Coburn received her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1981. She worked as a psychotherapist for 25 years, specializing in substance abuse, anxiety and depression, relationships and spirituality. She is the author of Breaking Free: How Forgiveness and A Course in Miracles Can Set You Free. She has presented workshops nationally on A Course in Miracles, has a weekly program on ACIM Gather, an international Course in Miracles radio network, and facilitates a Course study group. She is also an interfaith minister and hospice volunteer.