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Archive for December 28th, 2011

Buddhism

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Caroline Brazier, psychotherapist has an upcoming retreat in the UK.  Find out more details.

Caroline’s point of view is pure land Buddhism.  She and her husband David are the authors of several books.  I wish I was closer and could take some of the wonderful trainings that are being offered.

 

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Pat has a great on-going dialogue about her grief in her blog. I posted a comment to today’s post. Check it out.

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I’ve been doing well, continuing on with my life after the death of my life mate/soul mate, and then suddenly, here I am, awash in tears again. I had no idea why this would be so, until I found out that so many others in my grief age group — those whose mates died in 2010 — are also going through an upsurge of grief. And now I know what triggered the tears, though I don’t know why.

The body/mind/soul remembers dates, anniversaries, emotional occasions long after the conscious mind has forgotten, which is why I know when Saturday (the day of his death) is coming around again — I can feel the sadness creeping up on me the day before. He died late Friday night or early Saturday morning depending on how you look at it, and my body seems to look at it both ways. But this upsurge in sadness has nothing to do…

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Awakening From Dying author John Welshons.

In this clip, John discusses his training in end-of-life care and the profound understandings about relationships that has subsequently occurred.

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This is a wonderfully inspiring site to keep track of. Check out 11 Steps to a More Positive You.

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Today’s Inspiration: Advancedlifeskills.com

“I love this article! We often get the advice to become more positive but this just seems a bit broad and vague. We know what it is but somehow negative thoughts seem to still slip in. I like this article so much because it has some very practical tips and shows you many different ways to be more positive. Maybe some of you would think about doing a 30 day positivity challenge in the coming new year?”
~Sophie 

11 Steps to a More Positive You

PositivityOur attitude has a profound effect on the quality of our life. Optimism and pessimism create two completely different realities. By taking a few simple steps to adopt a more positive attitude, you can enjoy both immediate and long term benefits.

“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.” ~Earl Nightingale

Increased happiness is one of the immediate positive effects…

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Alternatives

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This one is a great meditation to teach children.  Can we really ever start too early to help foster peaceful hearts and minds?

We forget that children are like sponges in their environment.  I once had a grieving grand-aunt tell me that her grandchildren didn’t understand “a thing about death” and didn’t want them to know that their grandmother had just died.  My heart ached for these kids because as Alan Wolfelt is fond of reminding us, “Any child old enough to love is old enough to grieve.”

We teach many things in school but we don’t teach essential things that children can build upon for the rest of their lives. . . like good coping skills, the ability to access their feelings, nonviolent communication, living with someone’s death and their own loss.

Give a child a wonderful gift . . . Take them for walks in nature.  Teach them to breathe with their bellies by placing a dictionary on them so they can watch the book move up and down as they breathe correctly.  Help them cultivate right speech and right action.

 

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English: Pleiades Star Cluster

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Troy has some good articles on his blog.  Check this one out here and take a few minutes to look around.

Troy, thanks for asking us to look at some of life’s really important questions.

What a wonderful practice.

 

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Notblog.be posted another Thich Nhat Hanh teaching tonight. They have an incredible blog if you are looking for more information on Mindfulness.
What a wonderful project!

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