Finding Joy in Times of Sadness
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Finding Joy in Times of Sadness

This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor … Be grateful for whoever comes,because each has been sentas a guide from beyond.  Rumi When we have walked the path of grief for a long enough period of time, we…

Life After Death of Someone We Love
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Life After Death of Someone We Love

This is a reposting of an article originally published in 2014. My late husband Roy died suddenly and unexpectedly on July  10, 2011.   I will soon be arriving at the three year anniversary of his death.  The journey of grief from that fateful day to today was filled  with terrible emotional pain, severe depression, unending…

To be productive or not: the illusion of striving and doing

To be productive or not: the illusion of striving and doing

I was listening to a Deepak Chopra meditation a few days ago.  The topic was focused on the cultural pressure that is placed on us to be productive each day.  I have been thinking about the reflections that were shared and have wondered whether being productive is really what most of us want to do with our…

Grief, the Pandemic, and the Holiday Season
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Grief, the Pandemic, and the Holiday Season

It’s December 2021, which marks the 11th holiday season that I’ve experienced without my late husband. Fortunately, each season has gotten easier. It is possible to recreate a joy-filled and meaningful life in the aftermath of death, loss, and those horrific changes that life throws our way.As a retired mental health professional with close to…

What can I learn from this moment in time?
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What can I learn from this moment in time?

Since August 6, 2017, we have had a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse, and currently Mercury is in retrograde. What I know now following the solar eclipse on August 21 is that behind the shadow of life, one can discover the light or uncover the answer to a problem. Santa Barbara was engulfed in a…