“Grief Brut” : Raw Grief

There is a kind of art called Art Brut, literally “raw art.” It describes art that defies the rules of traditional or popular culture. Art that is not tidy and acceptable but raw and wild. Often referred to as “Outsider Art,” it’s expression that has not been edited or sanitized or applauded but has found … Continue reading “Grief Brut” : Raw Grief

Restoring the BodyMind Through Yoga

Early on in my yoga practice I would often experience an emotional reaction during corpse pose (savasana). Lying still, I would get a lump in my throat and suddenly find tears quietly rolling down my cheeks. I didn’t know it at the time, but my yoga practice was releasing long-held grief from my body. When … Continue reading Restoring the BodyMind Through Yoga

We are the Lucky Ones

I was really crushed when I heard about the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. For a moment. Then I was really angry. I was angry about a lot of things, but mostly because I could feel the loss in my own heart. It was almost as if I was holding those broken hearts in my hands, and … Continue reading We are the Lucky Ones

Death & Breath

A friend of mine died this week. She was 41 years old and left behind two small boys and a husband. Some months ago I invited her to come with me to a Yoga for Cancer workshop. She had advanced stage cancer and I was pregnant. Our seemingly opposite points in life didn't seem so … Continue reading Death & Breath

Good Grief

I'm very interested in grief, loss, and how we approach these topics on an individual and societal level. It's a subject that fascinates me largely because of a life path that has given me a magnified, intimate look at death, depression, and suicide. Our culture and society aren't too big on death. It's one of … Continue reading Good Grief

Answer Your Fear With This Question

Have you had a life-or-death experience? Has someone close to you died? Do you shy away from the topic of death because it's uncomfortable? Those were questions I never contemplated for most of my life. Nowadays I embrace the conversation because I've realized that contemplating death can inform our lives powerfully. I was given an … Continue reading Answer Your Fear With This Question

5 Unconventional Ways Through Grief

I didn't even know there were 5 stages of grief until a few years into my struggle with complicated grief. Now, 12 years later, I'm glad I didn't because I don't think grief is so polite that it acquiesces to being put into categories. I believe grief to be a raw, amorphous, unique experience for … Continue reading 5 Unconventional Ways Through Grief

This Life Will Break Your Heart

Three people we know have died this week. None particularly close to me, but close to my family. I have lots of thoughts on death, on how our society deals with death, on how people deal with death. That's for another time and place. Here's my bottom line: This life will break our hearts. Not … Continue reading This Life Will Break Your Heart