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BOUNCING FORWARD

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Michaela Haas1 Comment

Most people have heard of posttraumatic stress. Yet, beyond the medical community, few are aware of the evidence of post-traumatic growth. Survivors and experts begin to focus increasingly on the possibility that we could use even the most harrowing experiences for a greater good in our own life and to impact the world.

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THE WIND IN YOUR HAIR

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

When I was growing up in New Zealand there was a motorcycle advertisement that used to be played a lot on the radio. It was before the days of compulsory helmets for motorbikes and bicycles. I can still remember the tune so clearly and the feeling which it used to evoke.

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HEALING POWER IN THE RADIATION SUITE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Kathleen Prasad16 Comments

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41. To say this experience changed my life would be a great understatement. To say this experience was extremely difficult would show a bit more candor. To say that my spiritual practice was absolutely transformed and strengthened and that I learned the true healing power of meditation – that I can say with certainty.

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THE POWER OF THE PURR

In GRACEFUL LIVING by TillyLeave a Comment

Isn’t a ROAR designed to impress or intimidate others? I mean, look at a pride of lions? It also seems, rather wrapped up in the me, myself and I, and less of the compassionate service to others. Unless it’s fiercely defending someone. But it leads me to wonder if there is so much intent on finding that ROAR these days that we are forgetting how to purr?

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DANCING WITH FEAR

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Lyse LaurenLeave a Comment

Zombiism is a word that encapsulates the rise of a modern trend; the age of the living dead. When having too much of everything has simply overwhelmed the senses and left an awful lot of people in a semi-conscious state.

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LET’S PLAY

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Rodrigo Reijers1 Comment

We sit in a circle. I wait until the group is silent, and then we begin. First I shake my hands in the air and the kids join in automatically. Then we tap on our knees, soft, louder, soft again, we tap on our chests and cheeks. The kids focus to not miss a gesture and follow the dynamics joyfully.

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THERE IS NO PUNISHMENT

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Beth Lee-Herbert1 Comment

When we encounter suffering in our lives, we sometimes incorrectly view it as punishment. For some of us, this comes from our childhood sense of a punishing God. We are suffering because God is punishing us for being bad. This is not a Buddhist view.

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GRIEF OF YOUR SPOUSE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Shirley Brand14 Comments

A heart-rendering documentation of loosing the person closest to you. I held his hand all night, we talked, actually I talked, he was in a coma, I pretended he remembered and we laughed a bit, I told him how much I would miss him, how I was a strong woman and he knew I would be okay. Boy did I lie.