I’m not religious in any formal sense.
But I’ve always appreciated any structure of worship for the peace, calm, and loving environment it can provide when I want to connect with my own definition of life and loss. This can be especially comforting while traveling.
I’ve learned that no matter where one is located, and no matter how one is traveling through life, pain and death can happen.
When I was a little girl, and our family was traveling full-time, I was first introduced to death. I cried and cried. I didn’t want death to happen. Yet pain and death have never ceased.
Others have gone through this far more than I have. I have gone through this far more than others have. There is no comparison. It is not fair.
Impacted by these things at a young age, I was grateful to take Death and Dying courses, way back in college.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross was a salve to my heart then. Her teachings are a salve to my heart right now.
I’m reminded how much her work has impacted my beliefs and actions, since that time, so long ago.
Right now, I’m particularly grateful for:
But what about grieving mindfully?
Psychology Today provides an overview of mindful healing from loss.
Ronald Alexander, PhD, reminds us of essential strategies for recovering from trauma and loss.
Megan Divine, a clinical counselor, touches us with grief and mindfulness.
Mental health professionals share even more about mindfulness and grief.
Jack Kornfield, a trained Buddhist monk, gifts a meditation on grief.
Because mindfulness is never about making everything all better.
Mindfulness is about being aware of what’s happening within…in this very moment…as one breathes through it.
This is how calm can grow. This is how the unknown can flow.
After feeling things like grief.
But I still don’t like it.
I will never like it.
It’s not fair.
So I want to thank you…
for listening during these last two posts
for understanding how hard it is to share about anything else right now
for knowing this will remain on my heart, forever, as I share our travels through life