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.”

-Virgil
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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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Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (Mark Manson)

This is not the book I expected. Nor did I expect to list this on my website as a helpful book for reevaluating your life after a loss. I thought this book was going to be about not caring so much about anything and letting everything go. It is not. (Warning: lots of f*cks (no asterisk) ahead.)

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Monday Meditation: A Calming Place

“A calming place, where you can go to escape it all and just focus on your body, is so wonderful to have.”

-Mary Helen Bowers

To focus on yourself, on your self-care, and on your body’s needs, you must have a calming place to which you can retreat. However, ongoing pandemic restrictions make this difficult. This is a moment in which we must adapt the best we can to a less-than-desirable situation.

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Monday Meditation: Open Your Focus to Compassion

“Too much self-centered thinking is the source of suffering. A compassionate concern for others’ well-being is the source of happiness.”

-The Dalai Lama, The Book of Joy

When we focus on ourselves while suffering, when we wallow in our despair, it is easy for us to shut out other people’s experiences and other events in the world. While we need to take care of ourselves to heal from, and process, our suffering, we can become so taken with ourselves that it begins to seem like we are the only thing in life. We limit our ability to connect with others because we have eyes only for ourselves and our issues.

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Father’s Day 2020

As those of us who have lost our fathers and father-figures celebrate relationships with loved ones no longer present, let us remember the lessons and love they gave us.

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The Privilege of Dying

Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd. Three martyrs were born between February and May, 2020. Their deaths graphically highlighted the system of oppression and weak peace that exists in the United States of America. Their deaths have torched the veil of White American ignorance concerning inequality, police brutality, and institutionalized racism.

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