Category: Finding Peace

The Art of Grieving

photo courtesy of www.tnhtour.org A year and a half after my mom passed, I attended a 7-day meditation retreat at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA with Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (or “Thay”, as many affectionately call him, which is

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Continuation

I wrote this last week on my Dad’s 63rd birthday. 5/20/14 It’s a beautiful Spring evening in the Pacific Northwest. Sunshine is penetrating my skin, eased by a gentle breeze. Bird songs fill the air. I’m grateful to breathe in this

An Impromptu Retreat

The timing couldn’t have been better for both of us … we both desperately needed self-care—I was exhausted after finally getting my family’s home on the market, and she had received a health-related wakeup call self diagnosed as stress-related. We

Change

On February 18, 2012, my mom’s kind and generous spirit left her human shell and headed home — to the place where all things are one. Today, two years later, I can say in truth that I no longer consider

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Six Steps for Saying Goodbye to Stuff

Saying Goodbye to Stuff: Six Steps for Letting Go After Loss Sorting through our loved one’s  belongings can feel daunting and overwhelming, not to mention emotional. We often find ourselves clinging to their material items because we no longer have

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New Year, New Grief

Hello Friends, It’s been a while since I last wrote, I must admit, I haven’t had the energy to write much lately. Amidst the holidays, some traveling and a lot of personal transition in the works, I took a little break

Nature Heals (Part 4 of 4): The Ocean

If you missed the rest of the “Nature Heals” series, check out   > Part 1, The Forest, The Trees    > Part 2, Falling Leaves      > Part 3, The Desert I’m honored to invite special guest blogger, Carla Groccini-Concha for

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Nature Heals (Part 3 of 4): The Desert

This is part three of a 4-part series: Healing with Nature. If you missed the first two, check out Part 1 of 4: The Forest, The Trees and Part 2 of 4: The Falling Leaves. — A month and a half after

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Letter to My Mother

I wrote this letter to my mother in my journal while sitting on the above rock. It had been a month and a half since she passed, and I took a solo trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Dear Mom,

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Essence

From my 11/19/13 Facebook Post, based on wisdom drawn from No Death, No Fear by Thich Nhat Hanh I am thankful for Essence. If we are grieving the loss of a loved one, it helps to understand that the Essence

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