Healing Circle

Healing Circle

Connect To The Heart, Sacred Grief Notes
Grief is... many things. It can be overwhelming, liberating, heartbreaking, a catalyst for change, and debilitating. Grief doesn't always feel how we think it is going to feel. We focus on Death. The grim reaper. The sullen character of graphic novels. But the true one to watch for is Death’s demanding sibling Grief. She demands your attention, your full attention. If you try to distract yourself or busy yourself with the comings and goings of life, she may offer you patience for a time, but sooner or later she will stop you in your tracks. You will have to pay her dues. Full emotional onslaught. For those that have not experienced the full range of human emotion, they have not yet met Grief. For she will show you the true bounty that we are capable…
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Research Project

Research Project

Connect To The Heart, Meditation and Mindfulness, Sacred Grief Notes
A study to measure the effectiveness of mindfulness as a coping tool for the grieving. Overview Grief affects us all. It is complex and can be debilitating to those who are going through the process. Moreover, grief can be cumulative. When we don't process the grief associated with one loss can be added to the grief of another loss and so on. Creating space for the allowance of people's grief is important in a therapeutic environment. Our grief needs to be witnessed, validated, and then we may be able to move through the experience of feeling into it. Normalizing grief and the wide range of individual responses (and non-adherence to the stages and timelines that have been suggested as normal) is so important for us individually and collectively as a…
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Rollercoaster Ride of Grief

Sacred Grief Notes
Grief comes in many forms and I have seemingly had it all. Loss of mobility from a car accident, loss of job and career (even if by choice), a big move to across the country and to a new city (saying goodbye to my daughter and good friends), loss of both my parents and my favourite uncle, relationships ending, going back to school and starting a new career, travelling the world by myself for months, and changes within. Yes, big changes within. Losing A Part of Us When you lose someone (or something) that defines who you are (in part or in whole) it shatters our identity. And our identity is part of how we define who we are in relation to others, creating our boundaries of me versus you.…
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Freedom in the Good-Less

Freedom in the Good-Less

Natural Rhythms (Life, Death and Rebirth), Sacred Grief Notes
I have written about grief as stories, articles, and lessons from my own experience. When one has lived with, and through the process of,  grief, it is important to share so that others may know they are not alone. Grief is a shared experience yet so uniquely personal.  This is part of a series of stories I have written on grief, death and dying.  Freedom in the Good-Less “Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”  Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The sky is immense. There are a few billowing white clouds scattered about,  but for the most part it is just bright open sky. She lies on her back with her knees bent. She stares up at the sky. Occasionally…
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