“I Can’t Meditate Anymore”: How Grief Impacts Our Regular Meditation Practice

People learn to meditate for many reasons: to calm anxiety, ease stress, be more productive at work, or less agitated at home. It can take some effort to establish a daily meditation practice, but the payoff is priceless. On good days, a regular meditation practice can help you savor all that life has to offer. … Read More >>

Mindfulness and Grief: Leaning Into Love, Loss, and Life

  “In Asian languages, the word for mind and the word for heart are same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, Time Magazine Mindfulness And Grief: … Read More >>

Is A Grief Support Group Right For You?

There are many ways to receive grief support including online grief support groups, in-person grief support groups. You can also seek out individual grief counseling, and other grief therapies: yoga for grief, grief writing groups, meditation for grief, and spiritual or religious programs. While grief is a natural reaction to loss and in many instances … Read More >>

The Relationship Between Grief and Addiction

Grief and addiction have a very complex relationship, and quite often the two are very closely intertwined. For people suffering from grief, substance abuse becomes a way of numbing the pain. For someone already suffering from substance abuse disorder, grief can actually be a wakeup call of sorts. Nobody seeks to experience grief or wishes … Read More >>

Self-Compassion as Self-Care for Grief: How Being Kind To Yourself Reduces Suffering After Loss (Includes Guided Meditation MP3s)

Self-compassion as self-care for grief is the practice of making skillful choices that will reduce suffering and improve the quality of your life. It goes beyond creating healthy habits, such as exercise, a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting the right amount of sleep – though these can all help with grief. Self-compassion … Read More >>

Using Dramatherapy and Mindfulness to Cope with Grief

  Finding a Place of Comfort to Grieve  This article explores the use of dramatherapy practice and mindfulness for the grief process. What is Dramatherapy? I will use Dr. Sue Jennings’ definition for the purpose of this article. Dr. Jennings has defined Dramatherapy as “the specific application of theatre structures and drama processes with a … Read More >>