This day is dedicated to finding meaning in our lives while we grieve. One way to achieve this is through mindfulness, which can include practices like meditation and yoga. Our grief expert, David Kessler, tells us that finding meaning can be what we do after the death, and how we build a life that honors the person who died.
Mindfulness has been described as the practice of paying attention in the present moment. Using mindfulness to accompany grief is not intended to erase pain, but rather to cushion it. There is no bypassing the pain, but there is a way to find light in the darkness. Join us for some tools to show up and be present for your grief.
David Kessler is one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on death and grieving today, reaching hundreds of thousands of people through his books. David has helped thousands of men, women and children face life and death with peace, dignity and courage. In his most recent book, Finding Meaning, Kessler shares the insights, collective wisdom, and powerful tools that will help those experiencing loss. Finding Meaning is a necessary addition to grief literature and a vital guide to healing from tremendous loss. In today’s offering, David will help us find hope and healing through finding meaning and mindfulness.
Paul Denniston created Grief Yoga and has taught this practice to over 5000 therapists, counselors and health care professionals around the world in addition to workshops around the US. Paul’s creation of Grief Yoga blends Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Laughter Yoga, and Let Your Yoga Dance into a space of transformation and healing. His intention is to combine many different branches of yoga in order to channel and release anger, and allow unresolved grief a compassionate space to breathe and be released to help us connect to the resilient, loving warrior within.
Fredda Wasserman helps adults grieving the loss of someone close by exploring the mind/body/heart connection and addressing the challenges they are facing in their life. Rather than searching “out there” for direction and answers, she will guide the griever to go inward, quiet the internal chatter, and listen. She practices relaxation techniques which will help get in touch with inner wisdom. Gradually, her clients begin to transform fear, stress, and worry into clarity, hope, and healing.
In a talk that’s by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let’s face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wrenching. Most powerfully, she encourages us to shift how we approach grief. “A grieving person is going to laugh again and smile again,” she says. “They’re going to move forward. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve moved on.”
This talk was presented at an official TED conference.
A 50 year practitioner certified as a Meditation teacher at the Meditation Learning Center in Mesa, Arizona, Sandy Orkin started “The Meditation Tree” as a way to help others free themselves of needless self-imposed stress and anxiety. He introduces to and teaches others the practice of Meditation combined with a Mindfulness approach to their current lifestyle and circumstances. As a Volunteer Group Leader with OUR HOUSE, he is especially adept at using meditation and mindfulness to help guide people through their journey from grief to hope and healing.