From Peace to Panic

Waking up before 5am is usually a sign for me to roll over and go back to sleep. But this time I was wide awake. So I rolled out of bed and shuffled toward the porch to see what colors had taken the sky. The sun was beginning its daily routine of emergence and reflection onto the Puget Sound. Each morning […]

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 Vietnamese for “teacher”.) My first exposure to Thay’s teachings was in an Eastern Philosophy class in college. I always found his […]

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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 today’s post. Carla and her wife Gina are working with the tumultuous challenge of baby-loss. […]

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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 my mom’s passing I really needed some alone time, so I borrowed my friend’s car […]

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Nature Heals (Part 1 of 4):

The Forest, The Trees Hello dear friends! This post kicks off “Nature Heals”, a four-part series exploring how nature can help develop a deeper understanding of peace through grief… There is an old saying, “Not seeing the forest for (because of) the trees” which means getting so trapped in the details that one fails to see […]

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Going Home

My sister and I sat in the front row at my mother’s service and embraced the opening message shared by our family friend, one of my life mentors. Three words in particular echo in my heart like it was yesterday.  “She is home,” he said. Few moments in life are so poignant, touching the deepest part of […]

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