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Transitioning and Honoring the Loss of a Pet
by Cheryl Lazarus

lotus bud

At age 16, my cat Magic was ready to go. After a stage IV kidney diagnosis, I had kept him stable and thriving for a year and a half with energy clearings and realignments, prayers, and the probiotic adzoyl. Our bond was strong; he was a soul mate and a healer. Magic had “allowed” me […]


How People Can Overcome Trauma and Live a Life Of Clarity
by Colleen Gallagher – Los Angeles, CA

An Uncompromised Life

Trauma is becoming a mainstream topic as we are beginning to understand how our past still creates our present and future reality. Think about events that have occurred within your past, from how you were raised, what school teachers  told you, what bosses or managers told you, being cut from the sports team, a family […]


Creativity Gets It Done 
by Robert Thurman

WISDOM Is BLISS Four Friendly Fun Facts That Can Change Your Life

Creativity is essential to getting something done. In the Buddha’s time, he wanted people to start a new way of life, to begin a scientific, psychological, and social ethical revolution—so he encouraged their creativity and mobilized their creative energy. Before he became Buddha, the buddha-to-be Siddhartha’s initial creativity manifested as an explanation to his horrified […]


Exploring Grief Dreams: 10 Common Questions Answered
by Joshua Black, Ph.D.

man sitting at beach

When my dad died suddenly in 2008, I became depressed. Three months later I had a dream of him (which I now call a grief dream). The dream changed my grief in ways I still don’t fully understand. In my dream, my father was on the other side of my bedroom and he looked healthy. […]


Is Hope and Healing Possible After Intense Grief, Pain and Loss
by Gary Howell

A Little White Casket: Accepting the Grief and Loss of the Present, Confronting the Truth of the Past, and Reframing Towards the Future

Hope is being able to see the light despite all the darkness Desmond Tutu   Have you ever been in a mental space that seemed to be filled with a negative, worst-case scenario or even depressing situation, only to be confronted by someone who reeks of positivity and hope? That encounter will mess with your […]


SCARS: The Perfect Metaphor for Healing
by Kathy J. Hagler, PhD


The Japanese kintsugi[i] vase is the perfect metaphor for healing scars in both people and organizations. The first time I saw one I was amazed that its golden joinery transformed something useless—broken shards pottery—into something so beautiful it nearly took my breath away. I knew that the art of kintsugi held valuable lessons on healing, […]


Completing Spiritual Unfinished Business
by Connie Zweig, PhD – Topanga, CA

Recently, I lost one of my best friends to cancer. Cindy’s death left me sitting in a well of grief—but not for the reason you might think. Cindy was a student of Swami Muktananda, who brought Siddha Yoga to the West. She was heartbroken when she learned that he had seduced female students, and the […]


Where Your Soul Goes after You Die
by Alan Cohen – Hawaii

body with ghost figure on top

Early on my spiritual path I attended a worship service. After the service, one of the congregants gave me a little cartoon book that depicted an after-death experience. The cartoon showed a man cowering before a cosmic judge, pleading for mercy for his sinful life. The judge was not moved. “Off to hell with you […]


Good Grief: Can Lead to Healing and Growth
by Shelley F. Knight – Northamptonshire, U.K.

someone looking into broken mirror

Grief cannot be defined in one simple sentence, as grief itself is not simple. It is a vast and complex topic with equally vast and complex presentations in terms of signs and symptoms, longevity, and intensity. Grief is closely associated with death but can also be triggered when we lose anything with which we have […]


Are You Going to Take this to Your Grave?
by Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati – Rishikesh, India

person in water with raised arms to sky

Summer 1996: I opened my eyes at the end of my first darshan in India to hear Pujya Swamiji saying, “Yes?” I was the last one in the room, and he addressed me in English: “Yes?” I rose quickly from my place, went in front of him, and bowed low, trying to remember the protocol. […]