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Month: February 2016

Critical Choices on the Border of Life

What choices will you make due to life-threatening illness?

The common man whose identity is based on ego will do everything to live, but the spiritual man who is searching for truth, will take every opportunity to die. What does it mean to die? To die to one’s ignorance, to die to the ego, to die to fear, to die to suffering, to die to misconception, to die to judgements so they can really wake up to their timeless reality. – Mooji

Raw.  Vulnerable.  Honest.  Those words jump immediately into my mind when I attempt to describe the New York Times Bestseller, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

I rarely read books these days.  But this one traveled around my circle so I couldn’t miss it.  And, to be honest, I’m fascinated by death at the moment.

I want to know death in its stark reality so I can face it truthfully.  I want to know the myriad emotions that might arrive when death says hello – from fear to denial to great compassion to release from worldly concerns.  I want to know the gifts a prospective death promises to bring, at least to those who are willing to acknowledge and embrace it:  For example, the ability to embrace each moment fully with loving awareness.

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How Creativity Can Help You Move Through Loss – Even If You Aren’t Creative

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Please enjoy a story of transformation from one of our readers today.

I was married for 30 years and my husband left me. Needless to say it was a difficult time for me. Both of my daughters were adults, although our youngest was in college and living at home.

After the initial shock and some time had passed, I got all my ducks in a row as far as finances, lawyers, etc. My spirit, confidence, and pleasure were nowhere to be seen, however. Everyone at work was planning vacations and I realized that life does go on and I too should have a vacation. I had lots of offers to tag along with others but chose to go it alone as this was my new reality.

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Practical Wisdom on Life, Love, and Loss

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I’m expressing my love today by honoring the words of several extraordinary women.  Though some of these writings will take you to the brink of death and beyond, I promise they always culminate in loving awareness.

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Are You Willing to Stand Up for Yourself? It Might Save Your Life

Cultivating Self-Sovereignty

“Unacceptable!”  That’s what I thought after reading Patti Digh’s article, No You Are Not An Hysterical Female, No This Is Not Just Anxiety.

Can you imagine the frustration and disbelief you might feel if diagnosed with anxiety when the real problem is a 90% blockage in a main artery to your heart, and thus a risk for a significant, possibly life-threatening cardiac event?  In fact, Patti had to be carried down a path over the snow to an ambulance a few days after her misdiagnosis, in the throes of a heart attack.

It doesn’t matter how cool, smart, or savvy you might be in your world.  Once you’re in the grips of the so called logical, male-dominated medical model, you lose rights to your body, could become the object of shame, and might even lose your life.  Yes, you might even lose this precious miracle of a home base for your beating heart, creative brain, and non-material consciousness.

When I read a story like this, I do a double take.  My word for the year is self-sovereignty. So this story reminds me – with alarm bells ringing – how the world wants to own you and doesn’t encourage you to own your self.

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