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Sorrow

Why Is This Happening to Me?

Catherine Nagle | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

It's very refreshing to know that mindfulness has grown over the years and has entered the mainstream today as one of the many ways of demonstrating prayer.

When Sorrow Attacks: Three Conscious Ways to Face Your Pain

Panache Desai | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Panache Desai

Courageously facing your pain can be terrifying. However, when you allow your past and present sorrows to flow through you, pain releases its grip. You're then free to walk away with greater awareness, love, and gratitude for the lessons that came from your experience.

For Better or Worse: A 25th Anniversary Love Letter to My Dead Husband

Kindness Blog | Posted 05.05.2015 | Good News
Kindness Blog

I feel as if our life's story has been ripped in half. The latter chapters were snatched away and callously thrown into the wind. I've tried to recapture some of the pages, frantically grasping whatever I could as they whirled about.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown

Tom Morris | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Recently, I asked readers for some topics they'd like to see me blog on. I got lots of suggestions. I've written on two of them already. Today, I'll t...

The Secret Medicine of Heartbroken Kindness

Jesua | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesua

It is easy to be kind when we are feeling wonderful about life, when we're feeling buoyantly inspired, or luminous in love, or poignantly connected to...

Dear New Cancer Mom

Nicole Skaro | Posted 03.09.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

I wish we'd never known each other. I wish this was a journey you'd never had to embark on. I'm still new to this journey. We've only been on it for four months. I just want you to know you are strong.

A Convoluted Christmas

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I feel the freedom and less stress, perhaps, without children of my own at Christmastime. And yet, I feel so sad and maybe even a little empty without them.

Grieving at the Holidays

Kristina Cowan | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Someone knee-deep in grief needs space and time to make sense of his or her feelings. There's no room for deadlines or expectations, particularly at the holidays, and on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries.

Joy Out of Sorrow

Stephanie Harper | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

But if we're constantly keeping ourselves safe, exercising this concept of self-preservation, then we are also closing ourselves off. We are not letting ourselves fully experience life in community with others. This is a tragedy.

Grieving 10 Years Later

Ronda Lee | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Ronda Lee

Generally, over time sorrow turns into joyful memories. Feeling pain and loss is normal. When grief becomes debilitating, you should reach out to a therapist, counselor, or pastor, who can help guide you through the grieving process.

Am I Allowed To Forget?

Elea Acheson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Elea Acheson

I bicycled 1,200 miles of this coast in the fall of 2009. My 6-year-old son died that summer, and I was alone for the first time in my life. Not the alone that you find in a quiet moment with a cup of tea and a book. I mean the alone that follows you into crowded rooms and pushes everyone away.

Sometimes a Lesson Is Just a Lesson, or Is It?

Mary Pritchard | Posted 11.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

By loving yourself and accepting yourself fully, you are letting go of whatever "mistakes" you might have made in the past. There is no more shame, no self-blame; there is only love. And as uncomfortable as the process that lead me here might be, meditating can help.

Letter To My Daughter On The 10th Anniversary Of Her Passing

Sukey Forbes | Posted 10.19.2014 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Charlotte, two of the most profound life experiences for me were the day you came into the world as my daughter and the day you left the world as my daughter.

Is It Possible to Write a Memoir When You're Grieving a Loss? Interview with Artis Henderson of Unremarried Widow

Dorit Sasson | Posted 08.31.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

In this blog post, I'll be interviewing Artis Henderson on the writing process for her memoir Unremarried Widow, which began as an essay for The New York Times's Modern Love column.

My Middle Child Is an Angel... REALLY

Sukey Forbes | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Sukey Forbes

Since losing one of my precious three children, Mother's Day, like all holidays, is now laced with bittersweet. It continues to be a day of reflection for me. But the reflection is tinged with melancholy for all of the mothering that I did not get to give my daughter who died at the age of 6.

'I Realized I Don't Have to Believe My Thoughts'

Tara Brach | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Tara Brach

Our mindfulness practice is not about vanquishing our thoughts. It's about becoming aware of the process of thinking so that we are not in a trance --...

Love's Contradiction: Embracing Joy and Sorrow

John Thatamanil | Posted 04.19.2014 | Religion
John Thatamanil

To lack joy, to be without an effervescent delight in the sheer fact of being alive with others, is an immense impoverishment. We know this truth in t...

Have You Heard You're Not Alone in Your Grief? It Isn't Really True

Megan Devine | Posted 04.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

You alone carry the knowledge of how your grief lives in you. You alone know all the filaments of life and of love that fly through you. You alone know how deeply your life is now changed. You alone have to face this, inside your own heart.

Idiot Compassion and the Power of Sorrow

Susan Piver | Posted 04.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

When we clamp down on our inner experience or avoid emotions, the path to kindness is also obscured. Kindness toward others is actually synonymous with kindness toward self.

Apologies and Forgiveness: Ramping Up the Reality Factor

Deanna Brann, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Deanna Brann, Ph.D.

Saying you are sorry takes a lot of courage because it makes you vulnerable. I know being vulnerable is scary, but if you think about it, it's the price you pay for hurting someone. No one likes to apologize, but no one likes to be hurt either.

'The Reason I Didn't Know I Was Depressed Was Because I Was Happy'

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 10.25.2013 | Fifty
Jennifer Boykin

So, as it turns out, I have depression. Well, actually, I 'HAD' depression, but now that I'm 'all better,' I can tell you about it. The reason I didn't know I was depressed was because I was happy. Or, at least, I felt like I 'should' be happy. After all, we're in our dream house now. I've never lived anywhere as beautiful as this.

Why We Cry

Martha Pasternack | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Martha Pasternack

In my own experience, both professionally and personally, crying is one of the body's ways to bring itself back to balance. It is not necessarily a sign of weakness or even sadness. Infants cry to communicate with their universe. New mothers cry... a lot. And so do the rest of us.

Monday Morning Coming Down

Ron Nikkel | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

As I left church following yesterday's service, my heart was filled to overflowing with gratitude and joy. By Monday morning the warm glow of joy and celebration was only a memory as I looked at my schedule and my longer than normal to do list.

Alzheimer's Journal: Tears for Yesterday

Marie Marley | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It was the first time I'd felt the full force of having lost Ed to Alzheimer's. The first time I'd cried about it. For in all those years, I'd never realized until right then just how much I'd loved Ed -- and loved him still.

Why I Wish I Were An Opera Composer

Marie Marley | Posted 08.25.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I would write the saddest opera of all time, then find the greatest voices in the world to perform it with the best orchestra in a perfect hall with the most appreciative, music-loving audience.