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On The Way to Casa Lotus is a story about love as a positive force in my life and the transformative power of forgiveness. My personal healing journey opened the door to seeking peace and growth. Lessons I have learned along the way include:

  • The path to forgiveness is constantly evolving and requires daily practice.
  • Ownership of the present and future means taking responsibility for and being informed when making decisions. 
  • Caregiving is a two-way process; we each deserve to be nurtured and can use our own unique gifts to serve others when the time is right.
  • Individual creativity is a gift to the world.
Here are some inspirational resources to share with you as you move through your own journey to love, healing, and forgiveness. Be gentle and kind to yourself.



From Forgiveness to Fulfillment

From Forgiveness to Fulfillment – a sequel to Azim Khamisa’s first book, From Murder to Forgiveness, beautifully illustrates how the author found fulfillment through forgiveness after the tragic murder of his son – detailing the evolution of a father dedicated to healing not only his heart, but also the wounds of our society.

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The Book of Forgiving

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner, along with his daughter, the Reverend Mpho Tutu, offer a manual on the art of forgiveness – helping us to realize that we are all capable of healing and transformation.

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24 Forgiveness Activities

A compilation of tips, activities, and exercises that can be used to help find some effective ways to start the process of forgiveness today – as this process requires sustained effort and commitment.

Oprah Winfrey: Forgiveness

Oprah Winfrey says that for many people searching for peace and purpose, one of the biggest obstacles can be the struggle to forgive. In this episode of Super Soul Sunday, Oprah sits down with luminaries to discover what it means to truly forgive and the steps we all can take to find personal freedom.


Transforming Suffering

While we each have the capacity for love and compassion, it is by intentional practice that we develop a truly wise and caring heart. Through this technique, you’ll learn a structured pathway for using the acronym RAIN (Recognize-Allow-Investigate-Nurture).


Real Love: Mindful Connection

New York Times Bestselling author Sharon Salzberg discusses Real Love, a creative toolkit of mindfulness exercises to help engage with the present experience and create deeper love relationships with yourself, friends, family, and life itself.


When Doctors Don't Listen

When Doctors Don’t Listen

Using real-life stories of diagnoses-gone-wrong, authors Leana Wen, M.D., and Joshua Kosowski, M.D. illustrate how active patient participation can prevent mistakes. They offer tangible follow-up questions and inside tips that patients can easily incorporate into doctor's visits to avoid counterproductive and potentially harmful tests.


Improving Health Decisions

By a Nobel Prize winning author, Nudge reflects on everyday choices – about what to buy or eat, about financial investments, our children’s health, and education, and more. The book reflects on how we make these choices and how we can make better ones using sensible “choice architecture.”


The Anatomy of Great Decision

Making better decisions is one of the best skills we can develop. Good decisions save time, money, and stress. This short article on Farnam Street breaks down what makes a good decision and what we can do to improve our decision-making processes.

Improve Your Life by Improving Your Questions

Author of A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger, discusses how the quality of your outcome depends on the quality of your questions. The episode focuses on the importance of asking the right questions, why they’re critical to your success, and how you may be one question away from a breakthrough.


The Empowered Patient Coalition

The Empowered Patient Coalition is devoted to helping the public improve the quality and the safety of their healthcare. On its website you’ll find tools, strategies, and other sources of support to assist you in becoming informed and engaged medical consumers.


Advocate for Your Health

Have your ever felt confused or overwhelmed after a visit to the doctor’s office? If you have, you’re not alone. Many people lack the tools to understand health information, which can lead to misdiagnosis or more. This TEDx talk offers tools for closing the literacy gap between medical professionals and patients to help patients stand up and advocate for their health.



Daily Comfort for Caregivers

Caregivers have one of the hardest jobs in the world. All the stresses that come with the territory can be overwhelming and make a caregiver feel discouraged at times. With a year’s worth of daily wisdom and affirmations, Daily Comforts addresses one caregiving issue per day.


The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach

Being a caregiver can be a difficult role – it requires patience, tenderness, selflessness, and hard work. Linda Abbit, founder of Tender Loving Eldercare and a veteran of the caregiving industry, shares advice on taking care of loved ones and how to handle this dramatic life change.


How to be A Caregiver

This New York Times article asks experts on caregiving and aging, as well as dozens of people who have been caregivers themselves, for their best advice to help the next generation of caregivers. They share six strategies to guide you.

The Caregiving Project

The Zen Caregiving Project teaches mindfulness based, compassionate caregiving while providing a context or public discussion on caregiving and loss. On this site, you’ll findcourses, workshops, and training for professional, family, clinical, and volunteer caregivers.


Caring for Others: Resources

It can be rewarding to spend time with those who need you while caring for them, but caregiving can also present many new challenges. This guide and offers practical tips on a range of caregiving topics.


Caring for the Caregiver

University professor of nursing and researcher, Frances Lewis, discusses the caregiver’s journey. She graciously shares tips on caring for those who routinely give care at home or professionally – unraveling a new paradigm to thrive and not just survive.


The Artist's Way

The Artist’s Way

The mission of this nonprofit organization is to support emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living in pain, grief, fear, or stress. Its expressive art workshops use the Art4Healing® method to support emotional healing by giving pain a voice.


Art and Healing at the Mayo Clinic

At Mayo Clinic, art and medicine go hand-in-hand. In this thoughtfully curated art book, more than one hundred striking photographs take you inside the Mayo Clinic to present how the world’s leading hospital employs art as a form of holistic healing and patient care.


Wired to Create

Based on groundbreaking research, this book offers a glimpse inside the minds of highly creative people and shines a light on the practices and habits that promote creative thinking. Each chapter explores attributes and habits of highly creative people to show that it is by embracing our own contradictions that we can tap into our deepest creativity.

The Art of Healing

Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of The Art of Healing: Uncovering Your Inner Wisdom and Potential for Self-Healing, explores empowering patients to induce their own healing through the transformational power of creativity, using techniques such as drawing, visualization, and dreams.



The mission of this nonprofit organization is to support emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living in pain, grief, fear, or stress. Its expressive art workshops use the Art4Healing® method to support emotional healing by giving pain a voice.


Your Elusive Creative Genius

Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses – and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person being a genius, all of us have a genius. It’s a funny, personal, and moving talk.


Lorena Junco Margain is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with any of the authors, companies, or agencies on this resource pages. Citation of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them. These resource tools do not provide medical advice. They are intended for informational purposes only. They are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor, provider, or dial 911.