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Grief and loss are a very difficult aspect of the human experience. Share your own experience with these, as well as any insights or wisdom you can offer to others experiencing grief and loss.

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    • Always grateful for the thoughtful inquiries posted in this forum.  Thank you, @Gillian Sanger The turning of the seasons (of of the wheel, as my teacher refers to it) brings about both subtle and more noticeable shifts in my moods, energies, thoughts, and emotions.  As my mindfulness practices deepen, so too does my awareness of these shifts. I love the fall...something about the crispness of the air and the colors changing reminds me of the beauty that is here.  To pause and to notice it.  Yet as the winter approaches here on the east coast of the US, I sense in myself a withdrawing, or perhaps a better way to say it would be a drawing inward.  In some ways, (and even as a child I sensed this), there is a sense of protection and almost a relief at the shorter days arriving- it gives me a valid reason to stay home more, quiet, with less 'noise'.  To make more space for my introverted tendencies.  To read, sit by candlelight, slow down.  I love the cloak of darkness, the solitude (or the feeling of solitude).  I relish it actually. Hope this finds all of you healthy, safe, and at ease. Rachel
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    • This week's question asks: How is the current season influencing you? I talked to a friend a few weeks ago who lives in Australia. She expressed feeling light and energized as the summer season was beginning. Here in Sweden, the days were growing very dark, which brought about a different energy to my own being. Of course the season influences us differently from day to day, but I invite you to consider how your current season is impacting you in this moment. How does mind or body feel based on the temperature, lightness/darkness, and other environmental conditions around you?
    • enhancing non-judgmental moment-to-moment awareness Hi All!  Here is your weekly dose of "5 Mindful Musings", a brief list of what's helping me live a more mindful life. An Event I'm Interested In  Wise and Compassionate Action: Creating Tech Worthy of the Human Spirit. Jack Kornfield is a Founding Senior Advisor to this collective of impressive thought leaders who serve tech leaders and teams with the tools, knowledge, and community to create tech that brings out the best in all of us. This December 15th event should be an interesting discussion, with Jack sharing a meditation for us to start. (Note: No one will be turned away for a lack of funds.) A Quote I Like "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't -- you're right." - Henry Ford New Mindfulness Exercises I Just Shared Freely - Is It Selfish To Want Happiness? As human beings we want nothing more than to be happy. And yet, do we really believe we deserve it? Among the barriers to our happiness is the insidious idea that it’s selfish to want happiness. It’s not. In fact, not pursuing happiness may be the most self-indulgent thing we can do.  - What It Means To Protect The Mind & Why It Matters. Our minds are our most valuable asset. Mindful living requires a healthy mind and without it, we can’t realize our full potential. Mindfulness helps protect our minds, and a protected mind makes mindfulness more attainable. Learn what it means to protect your mind, and why it matters.   An Important Lesson On Trauma Sensitivity Understanding the Window of Tolerance. Understanding and working with the concept of the "window of tolerance" can help our meditation practice to feel safe and stable. It is only within this window of tolerance (or window of safety) that we can continue the mindful work of releasing past trauma. A Poem I Love The Debate I’m listening to my father and his brother, both in their eighties, debate their childhood from adjoining La-Z-Boy recliners. "We had no toys," my father insists. "What are you talking about, no toys?" My uncle practically leaps from his chair, except he can’t, on account of his back and his legs and his feet and his hips. "We had tons of toys!" Then he lists them: the playing cards ("Those don’t count," my father says); the train set ("Oh, yeah, I forgot about the train set"); the sleds — "Did anyone else on our block have sleds?" Uncle Barry asks. "Nineteen-forty, people are crawling out of the Great Depression on hands and knees, tell me: Did anyone on our block besides us have a sled?" My father’s father had a good job delivering newspapers and brought home sixty-five dollars a week, enough for Chinese food every Friday and cupcakes on birthdays. "We really didn’t have birthday parties," my father contends, and my uncle lunges at this. "What are you talking about? What about that surprise party when you turned thirteen?" "That was the only time," my father counters. Don’t even try, Uncle Barry, I almost say, then catch myself. I want this unwinnable argument to continue — forever, if possible. I want the Brooklyn music of their voices entwined in a duet with no resolution. I want the song — half lament, half celebration — to go on and on and on. - Alison Luterman, The Sun As always, please feel free to share your feedback in our Mindfulness Community Forums. Which musing above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Just add a post to the forum and let me know!  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for exclusive, free mindfulness trainings. Wishing you well,    Sean Fargo Founder, Mindfulness Exercises       P.S. - Try Our 100-Day Mindfulness Challenge Receive free daily mindfulness meditations, worksheets and infographics to help you start each day mindful.  Over 10,000 people have take this challenge to become more mindful.  Sign up for free HERE. 
    • Hi everyone, I hope you are well. I just wanted to start a conversation about mindfulness around the holidays. Do you have any concerns about how to approach the holidays with presence and awareness? Perhaps related to gift giving, holiday foods and drink, being with family (or perhaps being without them this year). Feel free to share what's on your mind or heart if you are approaching a holiday seasons and have some thoughts, insights, or questions about it. There are two new articles up on the Mindfulness Exercises blog related to this topic, one on mindful gift giving and one on mindful eating. 
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