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Give Up Hope

Marylee Fairbanks by Marylee Fairbanks | May 9th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: balance, chakra, courage, death, difficulty, expression, facebook, faith, grace, grief, handstand, headstand, HOPE, hopeless, hopelessness, manipura, mother-daughter, parents, Pema Chodron, positive change, spirit, support, third chakra, transformation, trust, Yoga

Give Up Hope

I don’t like being upside down and backwards. This makes Handstand a challenge for me. I don’t trust that my fellow students can hold me steady while I substitute my hands for feet. It’s a reflection of my own limited thinking, not an accurate assessment of their competence.

Still, I try. I go to class and work gradually. First, I achieved Headstand, which I couldn’t do a year ago. It’s a stepping-stone to the loftier goal of Handstand.

Yoga is always putting new challenges in our paths. Just when we think we have achieved a difficult asana, we discover that it was the modified version. It taught me to give up hope.

Hope Lives Within Me

Mandy Ingber by Mandy Ingber | May 7th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Celebrity Workouts, Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: celebrity yoga instructor, emptiness, Gaiam Hope Project, grief, healing, HOPE, hurt, Jennifer Aniston workout, loss, mandy ingber, meditation, pain, poem, poetry, prana, recovery, yoga teacher

Hopes Lives In Me

Hope.

Sometimes I sit. I sit through the storm and I shake and I wonder if the

Winds will blow me away. I wonder if I can endure the violence, the rage,

The anger. I forget what it was like to feel safe and be at peace, to live in

Hope Comes in Many Sizes

Lisa Truesdale by Lisa Truesdale | April 30th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: cancer, dream, envy, global-warming, grief, happiness, happy, HOPE, jealousy, loss, Personal Growth, sadness, wishes, world-hunger

Hoping for the Right ThingsThe day my mother died, I was hoping for something, anything, to help alleviate my incredible pain and overwhelming sense of loss. I was also hoping that Mom was finally at peace. A Facebook post around the same time revealed that a friend of mine was hoping fervently for something as well: that she would find just the right shoes to match her new dress.

At first, it seemed so cruel and unfair to me that I was hoping for something so crucial while she was free to hope for something that seemed so insignificant to me.

Prayer for Japan

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | March 22nd, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Personal Growth | tags: disaster, donations, earthquake, God, gratitude, grief, healing, HOPE, inspiration, Japan, loss, love, oneness, Pacific, Personal Growth, prayer, rescue, spirituality, tragedy, tsunami, universal oneness

Group of people praying on the beach

As our brothers and sisters in Japan struggle to find peace, understanding, support and a sense of order after this month’s devastating earthquake, I invite each of you to join me as I offer these words of prayer:

Tucson, Christina, Healing and Rabbit Hole

Stephen Simon by Stephen Simon | January 17th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Inspirational Media, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: anger, child, children, Christina Green, courage, crisis, death, family, father, Film, friends, grace, grief, grieving, happiness, healing, HOPE, humanity, joy, kids, loss, marriage, mother, mourn, mourning, movie, parenting, parents, Rabbit Hole, Relationships, saddness, tragedy, tragic, Tucson

Still from the movie Rabbit Hole

As a parent and grandparent, I was very hesitant to watch Rabbit Hole because I knew that it focused on parents who were dealing with the death of their child. After much encouragement from my wife, Lauren, and one of our community members (Mark), and with the tragedy in Tucson in the background, we watched the film last night and were absolutely mesmerized.

Life’s Lessons Sometimes Come in Small (and/or Furry) Packages

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 23rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: animals, anxiety, bone cancer, calm, children, comfort, death, dogs, grief, happiness, kids, life, mortality, osteosarcoma, parenting, pets, Rainbow Bridge, sadness, wisdom

Little girl with dogDespite a diet of organic, holistic dog food. Despite a pesticide-free yard. Despite daily exercise and plenty of TLC, our six-year-old dog Polar was diagnosed in October with osteosarcoma, an aggressive and indiscriminate type of bone cancer that leaves little time for weighing options.

Take Nothing for Granted

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | October 28th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, appreciation, children, death, family, gratitude, grief, intention, life, loss, love, motherhood, mourning, SAD, sadness, tragedy

Two women huggingI recently received the unexpected news that three people I love had been in a car accident. The mother and youngest daughter were killed and the second child, 11 years old, was in critical condition. These people are a major part of our spiritual community and youth ministry. I received phone calls and emails filled with shock and sadness. As I sat in the memorial service, I had such a feeling of sadness and loss. The children often ran up to me on a Sunday and showered me with hugs and kisses. I always felt such love and joy during these quick exchanges. Their smiles and joyous ways always filled my heart with warmth and peace.

Autumn: A Time to Reflect

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | September 28th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: autumn, change, depression, fall, grief, reflection, seasons, september, time of change

Fall foliageSeptember,
the garden has cooled,
and with it my possessiveness

— Robert Finch

My mom’s house burned down a few weeks ago. She lost everything. Ironically, my siblings and I had been trying to get her to consider moving since my dad died, three years ago to the month. She was living in a too-isolated area (in northern Louisiana) and could no longer keep up the two-acre property. Florence was reluctant to let go of all her ‘memories.’ She is a ‘collector,’ as are so many of us.

The Flip Side: Confronting the Negative to Find the Positive

by guest | June 14th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accidents, anger, assets, creativity, emotions, grief, liabilities, Nietzsche, personality traits, Relationships, self-reflection, strengths, tragedies, transformation, weaknesses

Person tossing a coin By Katherine Robertson-Pilling

I met Sandrine a year after she had been injured in a terrible car accident; she had spent months in the hospital, and still had very limited use of her arm. “You can’t sit around waiting,” she announced, “You have to get back to life.” Today she is stronger than ever and training for a bicycle race in Paris.

Treasure Every Moment: Connect with Those You Care About

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | April 29th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Giving Back, Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmations, death, grief, inspiration, spirituality, transition

It's never too late to share how important someone is to you.

Recently, someone I work with made the transition. The death was sudden and unexpected. Many people were shocked, upset and in a state of disbelief. It made me start thinking that we can so easily take people for granted. We can so easily think that they will always be here. In fact, often times we are immersed in unrealistic expectations of others and, when they do not respond as we would like, we move into a state of judgment and blame. We withdraw or push them aside, thinking we will deal with this later.  Sometimes that later never comes.