by Robert Romanbyshyn, PhD
Who am I to speak about so intimate a topic as grief? Especially as I do not believe that there are any norms by which the grief of one person can be made into a formula for another. At best each of us can be only a witness to those awe-ful moments of loss, giving as faithful and true account of the journey that grief impels us into...
Editor's Note from Elizabeth Wolfson: This beautiful article by Robert Romanashyn describes how the shock of losing a loved one and the journey of mourning may bring us to a new place in relation to the loved one, to the world, and to ourselves.
by Coleen Ellis
As mentioned in previously, children are organic mourners, especially when it comes to the loss of a family pet. While they instinctively know how to deal with loss, many times adults who “know better” will interfere with their mourning process...
Editor's Note from Cathy Alinovi: As adults, we think we know how to act when faced with a pet's death - sometimes, sitting back and watching children will teach us adults the real way to act. I've spoken to my daughter about it for years - she unfortunately sees more than the average kid's share of death because she is involved in my vet practice. She definitely teaches me a thing or two. Here, Coleen shares more suggestions in this sad, but real subject.
Animals & Pets
Editor's Note from Janet Gillett: Lilou Mace interviews Rebecca Cambell about her debut book, which came out this month. Learn more about Lightwork and Rebecca's journey to manifesting her Lightwork passion after a career in advertising.
Books for Healing
by Natalie Jovanic
The poem is for a friend who made me this gift. I am deeply grateful for her present. This poem goes out to her and all the people who do the same...
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: On my healing journey of abuse and violence, I faced a lot of judgement. There were people who told me that I could never heal and that I would always repeat my limiting patterns. But there were also other people. The looked into my eyes and said: I see you and don't judge you. They made a difference in my life and I am deeply grateful for their support. What is your hidden pain? Read this poem about one of the greatest gifts we can give to each other.
by Coleen Ellis
The active mourning journey for many pet parents is a painful process. Some pet parents feel that by not allowing themselves to heal that they can, in some way, hold on more tightly to the past and the life that they shared with the pet. They may also be fearful that by moving on they will forget all of the important details of that lifetime together. Therefore, for some, it seems to make more emotional sense to hang on to the emotions of grief versus actively mourning the loss to heal...
Editor´s Note from Cathy Alinovi: It's not so easy to "let go" of a favored pet - the role he or she shared in our lives is irreplaceable. Learning how to grieve, honor, and still move forward takes time and emotional growth. Here's the first step.
Animals & Pets
Editor's Note from Natalie Jovanic: I read once the sentence that I wouldn't know how to love somebody else if I didn't love myself. How to love myself? It seemed impossible: How to love the effects of abuse and violence? How to love the constant feeling of unworthiness? How to love the horror in people's eyes if they listened to my story? But my dream to be able to share love was bigger than my doubts and I started my journey to love myself.... Some years later, a woman said that I was 'una amante de la sombra" (a lover of the shadow). I don't know which struggles you're facing, but I know that loving yourself can be a new beginning. Watch this video by Thich Nhat Hanh and find out more about it.
by Laura Simms
The Journey of the Healer as Teller of Tales is complex:
As a storyteller I have learned that to tell a story and lead others through it with a depth of intimacy and distance (simultaneously) I need to have lived the story myself. It is not always the incidents of the tale that I know, but the experience of the journey...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: As Laura points out, the journey of the storyteller as healer is a long and complex one. Yet, it is absolutely necessary, for the storyteller cannot take his or her audience on an emotional journey without having travelled the path beforehand. In this article, Laura shares her map of one of those journeys.
by Ilchi Lee
As a rule, many trees around a mountain make it good for meditation. In Fay Canyon (in Sedona, Arizona), there are many trees emanating a sacred energy. In a canyon like this, I shed the thought that I am looking at the trees and think instead that the trees are seeing me. Focus not only on yourself, but on the trees...
Editor's Note from Jodi Chapman: In this article, excerpted from the book, The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart, Ilchi Lee reminds us that connecting with nature will lead us to our inner wisdom.
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