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Forgiveness and Mindsight

Announcement | September 29, 2009

This Friday, the Greater Good Science Center will be hosting "Forgiveness and Mindsight," the fifth seminar in its "Science of a Meaningful Life" series. It'll be an all-day event held at De Neve Plaza Auditorium on the UCLA campus. There's still time to register here.

We want to hear from those of you attending and give you a chance to connect with one another. Comment on this post to share a bit about your interests and reasons for attending, with an eye toward generating some fruitful discussion among like-minded people and colleagues. And please check this blog after the event to share ideas and feedback with fellow attendees. This space should be a resource for those of you looking for innovative applications of ground-breaking science.

What are you hoping to get out of the event?

Who would you like to connect with at the event, for what purpose?

How do you hope the presentations will help you in your personal or professional life?

We've heard from several attendees and Greater Good readers who would like to start regular discussion groups around the topics that will be discussed this Friday–forgiveness, mindfulness, empathy–as well as many others. Would this be something that interests you?

We look forward to seeing you Friday!

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A very close friend recently passed away from a drug overdose. Prior to his passing   his closest friends reached out to him, up until the night before his death. He refused all help. Outwardly, this person had a lot to live for, loving friends and family, an exciting and lucrative professional life, and talks of marriage and children in the future. However,none of this was enough to help him see his way clear to accept the help and support being offered. His pain may be over, but like waves of contaminated water, the grief and anger of his choice washes over all those who loved him. How do we forgive him? It was a selfish and hurtful decision that stains the life of his family and friends forever. We can understand he was in deep pain and torment..but there were resources and love all right there for him..its a very bitter pill to have to chew and swallow.

Zoe | 9:52 am, September 30, 2009 | Link

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