Living Healing Blog

Be Inspired to rise above!

Be Inspired to rise above!

I have always been inspired by people who have overcome great challenges and who go beyond just surviving to actually thriving. It’s impressive when people chose to test themselves by taking on activities that the majority of people don’t, such as an extreme sport. But the people who really impress me are those who don’t choose the challenge (or trauma) they experience or are witness to and yet, they manage to emerge like a phoenix from the ashes to be or do something extraordinary despite their history or circumstances. When I received a life-threatening diagnosis,...

Bounce Beyond: let’s not go back to normal

Bounce Beyond: let’s not go back to normal

The desire to 'get back to normal’ has been stirring around the world for over a year. When the pandemic first started and people chose to shelter-in-place or were required to be in lockdown (depending on your perspective and location), many of us thought it would be a few weeks or months at most and then we would go back to the way things were before this all started. One dictionary definition of ‘normal’ is ‘conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected’. These past 15 months have been unusual, atypical and unexpected, and illuminated the fact that some...

No Mud, No Lotus

No Mud, No Lotus

One of my recent daily Calm meditations offered the theme of ‘no mud, no lotus’. I knew the beautiful lotus was a water plant, but on further exploration, learned that they must start their life underwater rooted in the mud. The root system consists of rhizomes that fan out horizontally through the mud allowing the plant to survive to regerminate for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years. When the lotus flower emerges from the water there is no trace of mud on it. And yet, the lotus cannot grow without that mud. Using this lesson from Nature as a spiritual...

Lighten Your Load – create more space for living

Lighten Your Load – create more space for living

While staying home during the pandemic many in our consumer culture were confronted with our ludicrous amounts of accumulated possessions, prompting major decluttering projects and donations that have overwhelmed thrift stores My process started several years ago as my daughters had told me they would hire a junk hauling company to dispose of all my stuff after I was gone. A life-threatening diagnosis and my compulsion to save things from the landfill motivated me to reduce the amount that would be trashed. For 30 years of living in the same house, I was very...

Finding the Gifts in Crisis

Finding the Gifts in Crisis

We have now arrived at the one-year anniversary of living within the parameters of the COVID pandemic. What a life, work and community altering year, involving losses from the mundane to the monumental.  People have been affected in very different ways and their responses to this radically new way of living are diverse. In the midst of a crisis it can be more difficult to see what good can come of it, reflection over time can reveal the positives. In her book The Gift of Crisis: Finding Your Best Self in the Worst of Times, psychologist Dr. Susan Mecca shares...