Monday Meditation: The Virtue of Compassion

“Compassion is not a popular virtue.”

-Karen Armstrong
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Monday Meditation: Reaping the Fruit

“No one can reap the fruit before planting the trees.” 

-Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
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Monday Meditation: Sewing Desires

“The first principle of success is desire–knowing what you want. Desire is the planting of your seed.”

-Robert Collier
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Monday Meditation: The Mellow Season

“Autumn’s the mellow time.”

-William Allingham

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Grief 101: The Five Stages of Grief…

At some point in our education about death and grief, we may have heard of the five stages of grieving. As a society we have mistakenly developed a view of the bereavement experience as a sort of numbered pathway that has a distinct beginning and end. However, bereavement professionals have pointed out our flawed application over time. What are these five stages of grief?

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Monday Meditation: Cherished Time

“You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure.”

-Chadwick Boseman
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Monday Meditation: Accept First

“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.”

-William James
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The Trouble with Coronavirus: How COVID-19 is Challenging American Acceptance of Death

Like many people, I am interested in information about COVID-19. I read news and journal articles about the pandemic and the scientific communities prescribed methods of handling it. I follow the debates about masks and the realness of the disease. I watch people flood beaches and vacation as though the virus isn’t spreading. I listen to people who are offended by mask recommendations and to those who are firmly convinced the virus is a hoax or  a tool for control. And I wonder: why do people disbelieve science and medical experts in favor of opinions, and conspiracy theories that may be more dangerous than the virus?

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Monday Meditation: A Concentration of Patience

“Endurance is patience concentrated.”

-Thomas Carlyle
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Grief 101: Bereavement, Grief, & Mourning

We’ve come to describe the experience of loss using the term grief, the descriptor that highlights the emotions associated with loss. Thus, the terms bereavement, grief, and mourning might be used interchangeably to discuss an experience of loss. However, each word reflects a different aspect of the loss experience.

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Monday Meditation: Endure the Calamity

“Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance.”

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Monday Meditation: A Little Flattery Goes a Long Way

“A little flattery will support a man through great fatigue.”

-James Monroe
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Monday Meditation: Fatigue

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”

-Dale Carnegie
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Grief 101: Is Grief the Same as Depression?

Our society seems to approach grief as though it were another name for depression. This probably stems from our association of negative emotions with depression. The conflation of the two together does both grief and depression a disservice because they are not the same.

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Monday Meditation: Free to Walk Away

“Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we walk away from.”

-Vernon Howard

Grief can make us feel confined, stuck, frozen in place. The restrictions put upon us during this pandemic may exacerbate those feelings, especially while grieving. Rather than look at the way in which grief (and life) have shrunk because of our current circumstances, what if you saw the things you were able to release yourself from?

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