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Celebrating the Wisdom of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela promoted compassionate consciousness in our global society. Together, let’s remember, reflect and celebrate his profound wisdom and insights.

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In my practice, I see that anxiety and depression occur when we are not living our lives in a way that is congruent with our highest self. I believe success is to live life openly, honestly and courageously in a way that is aligned with the greatest good of self and others—and to the greatest extent possible.

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We must become conscious of our learned biases and understand we are all equal partners in humanity. In college, I chose to conduct a senior honors thesis in cross cultural psychology on racial identity and preference for a counselor’s race. When I approached my professor with my proposal, he asked, “Why do you want to study cross cultural psychology as a white student?”  I replied, “Well, isn’t that kind of the point?”

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Poverty in any society reflects a lack of compassionate consciousness and it hurts every member of that society. Being of service to others is a way to get out of our own heads, to develop awareness and to practice gratitude. We must teach our children the importance of charitable contributions, social activism and service.

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We are not truly free if our brothers and sisters in life are not. To live peacefully and collaboratively, we must respect our neighbors and our differences. Diversity brings collective wisdom.

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Resentment is hardened anger that keeps us tethered to the past. If for no other reason than for ourselves, we must learn to forgive and let go. Resentment corrodes the mind, the body and the spirit.

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There is nothing like the present moment to do the next right thing. Inaction is sometimes as harmful as actively doing something wrong. Make the conscious choice to do good and do right whenever possible.

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Resilience of the spirit is the key to success. True inner strength, empowerment and enlightenment comes from overcoming adversity and challenges.

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Choose to be vulnerable, authentic and real. Drop the defensive wall that you think protects you, but actually prevents true intimacy, connection and the flow of love. Detach from ego and connect with your essence, the deeper self that lies within. When you connect with that true self, you are present and conscious and others will be attracted to that light and positivity.

Honor Mandela’s life: Choose compassion. Choose kindness. Choose love of self and others. 

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Celebrating the Wisdom of Nelson Mandela

Joyce Marter, LCPC

Joyce Marter, LCPC is the Founder of Urban Balance and public speaker. You may find her at her personal website here, or you may follow her on Twitter.

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Marter, J. (2013). Celebrating the Wisdom of Nelson Mandela. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2020, from


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