How an Altar Can Profoundly Contribute to Your Well Being

Making choices about the aesthetics of placement, colors, candles, flowers, mementos, pictures and coveted foods is a gratifyingly beautiful way to tiptoe towards the still hurting places within myself. In the process of engaging with the beauty of color, taste, scent, sound and touch I prepared my heart for the closer than usual encounter with those losses. For only that limited amount of time, I’ve stepped closer towards wholeness. … More How an Altar Can Profoundly Contribute to Your Well Being

5 Self Care Rituals To Process Loss

In our fast paced world there is no room for the profound inner stirrings that loss invokes and this is precisely how these ancient rituals squarely meet this need. They give us a place in time to contain those deeply stirred emotions and be with them. It’s perfect and appropriate that rituals like these are held once a year as those months in between are needed to heal from the inner work of coming to grips with loss and the value of life. … More 5 Self Care Rituals To Process Loss

How Community and Tradition Preserve Our Humanity

what would have happened had I not attended that one hour vigil in those 4 days? I think I would have felt like I was walking around with an emotional hole in my being from my neck to my navel. A big, aching, vulnerable hole. I could easily see myself spending the whole of many years trying to fill or numb that aching hole…Sure, I have my morning routine of chanting, yoga, meditation, water etc. but none of it can come even close to giving me the release, embrace, closure and healing that I experienced in those 4 days in Mexico. … More How Community and Tradition Preserve Our Humanity

How We Live More, When We Embrace Death

These ancient traditions meet very basic human needs that the gloss and shine of modern life cannot satisfy. We humans have figured out over the millennia that having these communal pauses makes the changes easier to ride. There is an anchoring to something bigger then ourselves when societies make time for these rites of passage….At the end of this major and intimate societal pause, one is a little more whole-hearted, the fear of death is soothed and deeper value for life is strengthened. How would our society be like if the majority of us celebrated death? … More How We Live More, When We Embrace Death