Holocaust Remembrance Day: Holocaust Survivor Eva Mozes Kor Teaches Us About the Power of Forgiveness by Nicole DeAvilla
All I could say was, “Wow.” Watching the Mengele twin Holocaust survivor video stopped me in my tracks. As an educator and healer, I know that the practice of forgiving is very healing and powerful. I help my clients come to a place of forgiveness. I train my yoga therapist students how to help their clients forgive.
And I thought I practiced what I preached.
After watching Eva Mozes Kor, a twin who survived Dr. Josef Mengele, speak of being tortured as a “medical experiment” and her journey to complete forgiveness, I was suddenly aware of some small grievances and grudges I still held. And I thought, if she can forgive the people who tortured her, why can’t I forgive these small incursions? Why am I not allowing myself to be as free and empowered as she has become?
This morning I woke up as a freer, more empowered person than I was yesterday. Thanks to Eva for helping me gain the wisdom to see that only I was suffering from holding these grudges. In full forgiveness, we take back our power in all of its glory.
Forgiving is a process, as Eva illustrates so powerfully. Begin your journey today so that you, too, can become free and powerful.
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