Give Sorrow Words

Rituals give meaning to the painful and precious opportunities we are given to express and move through grief after we’ve lost a loved one.  Many such opportunities may be missed because of our upset, confusion and sense of being adrift that so often accompany...

Nine Characteristics of Those Who Live Long on Earth

So many things to learn, so little time – that’s been my mantra for years now.  Do you feel the same way?  When I read this research study in a recent issue of Positive Aging, the online newsletter of the Taos Institute (http://www.taosinstitute.net/), I was...

Mindful Happiness

It was Aristotle who wrote, “Happiness is the whole aim and end of human existence.” This is certainly as true today as when he wrote those words.  Happiness comes from being able to move beyond routine daily upsets into states of gratitude, optimism, love and feeling...

When Grief is Your Companion

At a widow and widowers support group that I helped facilitate one of the participants reflected on recent and personal encouners as a widow, and what it was like to experience the pain of other people’s reactions such as avoidance and withdrawal of social contact. ...
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