Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.
~Mary Oliver (Thirst) The Holy Days and holidays are upon us and I am aware that this is not an easy, joyous, or jolly time for many of us. The outer materialistic world promotes shopping sales and glee, while our inner world of sad memories, hurting hearts, and missing people we love and grieve, calls some of us to turn inward and quiet retreat. Trusting our he
The Holy Days are here, as is the end of this year and the beginning of a new cycle on the horizon. I am noticing in myself, as well as hearing from many others, a need for a deep respite from the chaos and upheaval in the world and the vibes we are feeling from all of it, even if we don’t know what exactly is happening out there. There really is no out there. We are not energetically separate from anything that is happening on the planet or anywhere else. Whether or not we w
I have been thinking and writing a lot lately about ambiguous losses and the devastating circumstances surrounding such losses. Patricia Boss, the woman who coined the term, is author of Ambiguous Loss: Learning to Live with Unresolved Grief. I was so grateful to learn that this kind of grief has been recognized and named, as I have lived with numerous ambiguous losses and grief all through my life. I found that ambiguous losses often go unrecognized by family, friends, comm