Monday, March 22, 2010

Unit 4 Experience

1. This practice exercise was very interesting. I found it easy to find love for someone else. I used the love I feel for my children and my husband in the first part of the loving-kindness practice. There were two parts I found difficult and that was letting a loved one's suffering dissolve in my heart without keeping those feelings. I also found it difficult to wish this same love on my enemies. I did it and felt better but I am a grudge holder. I have a difficult time forgiving certain things that are in my past. These are not trivial easy to forgive occurrences and I realize that this part of my history makes me who I am today, but I have difficulty forgiving the person responsible because they have not accepted responsibility for their actions.

2. A mental workout is learning to take care of yourself by becoming more resilient and aware of your ability to cope with stress. This is a quality very important to your health and well-being. Psychological health is taking care of your feelings thoughts, and making conscious efforts to become at peace with who you are. The research indicates this will give you holistic good health and change you to become more of who you want to be.


  1. Anddrea,

    I think you can benefit from mental training, as well as I. However, you have a much fuller plate than I. I am impressed by all you do, but curious as to how the heck do you find the time.


  2. Forgiveness to me is one of the hardest things to do. I also struggled with this part of the exercise, but the more you practice the easier it will get.

  3. I agree with Kevin, forgiveness is hard, and it may take some time like it has with you. But you can do it. I believe that we should forgive and forget. You say you may not be able to forget, and you might not, but if you actually forgive that person(s) then maybe something inside of you will change and will change the way you think about those times and even push them farther back in your mind to where you don't think of them as much. I believe that you should love everyone, friend or enemy. Treat others how you would want to be you would want someone to forgive you right? I don't know your situations, but I hope you find peace and happiness in them soon!!