helping those experiencing grief & loss to return to their natural state of being
"In school you get the lesson and then take the test... In life you take the test and then get the lesson."
-- Unknown Source
"The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life."
-- Dalai Lama
My husband who has been persistently calling surgeons office to hopefully take advantage of a cancellation ,
Found out yesterday May 28th,
Day surgery moved up from 6 weeks.... Doctor laughed never has seen anyone so excited about surgery! Yippee! Getting rid of fibrous hematoma . So great to finally release and let go! I am so grateful !
Who ever survives a Test must tell the story!
That is his duty!
After two time chemotherapy, many surgery s,
Radiation , full thirty five treatments, I would say that it is a miracle that I am here.
The prayers, from so many!
Love, from so many... Almost a year ago my second journey began and I chose to share the experience in hopes that if one person would find a sense of healing then my journey would be worth it!
I now have a fibrous hematoma that feels like a brick under my chest wall. A reminder of the location of my tumor. Saw surgeon yesterday and viewed the MRI! The hematoma indeed was between flesh and ribs. Spring is in the air, new life, flowering trees and sounds of baby birds chirping from their nests telling their stories.
After a year of my experience , I reflect on the focus that was needed to just keep moving forward with no distractions. Prayer lifted me to a place beyond my comprehension.
Right here right now, is the most difficult part. Peeking back, wow, where have I been?
I am not the same person , I can now finally say , I Am A Survivor! My mind , feels elated, but my body keeps reminding me that It has been thru its own sort of survival camp.... Trauma? Yes I believe this is a sense of what a body in trauma feels like. I keep telling my body , I am OK, but my bodies response needs to heal
Loud noises, social interaction,
Bodies response to heightened sense of awareness. I am only sharing , out of observing my own bodies response to , external energies. This growth as a reminder on my chest wall of how this past year has redefined me and how important it is to cut loose and let go! I am so ready to move on to enjoy life, to be love to submerge in love.
Just releasing this last piece of flesh, a release of a year that has taught me so much!
Waiting , again surrendering , with the realization I still have to wait another six weeks to let it go!
Anger, frustration, always staring you in the face. That is the practice , I will always search for the light no matter what!
I believe the powerful spirit Yoga brings into one’s being creates a presence of healing, wellness and peace.
My own unforeseen health challenges gave me a deeper appreciation for a place of personal knowledge and intimate control of body and mind.
A dual diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and breast cancer lowered my resistance and all but obliterated my stamina and energy. But, a chance encounter with yoga and an inner desire to recover revealed an opportunity to "seize the day!"
Today, my passion is for sharing the healing power and presence of mind and spirit that yoga brings, especially to those in the midst of grief and loss.
I live in Hanson, MA with my husband Bob and our dog Felix, and am so fortunate to have our three children and three grandsons close by. For 35 years, Bob has run the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home in neighboring Rockland. Until my health challenges interfered, I coordinated aftercare offerings using my certification for anxiety and depression training.
My experience through nine years of difficult treatment in the healthcare system, followed by my physical and emotional healing has inspired me to share with others the practices and disciplines that helped me recover.
My program, seated, in a chair introduces therapeutic breathing and trauma sensitive meditation practice. This modified yoga program allows one to cultivate a more positive relationship with their physical body through mindfulness, This program provides a sequence that reaches out to anyone, a gentle safe place to connect to, even for a glimpse of time, an experience of stillness, a calm place where all healing begins.
A rich understanding of the connection of mind,body, spirit, weaves together theory, research, and personal experience of grief and loss and becomes an indispensable resource for those that are suffering, funeral directors, staff, and anyone else looking to rediscover the natural intelligence of our healing bodies.
The experience of Grief and Loss can leave people deeply and profoundly wounded, depressed, anxious, and feeling disconnected from self. To fully heal from such trauma, a connection to self, must be made. Overcoming Grief, Loss, and the agony of pain, connects oneself back to their body,and moving towards a more centered place of being.
Other programs explore the characteristics of grief sensitive yoga practice that can be incorporated by funeral caregivers, crematory and cemetery staff. Training that can be applied to aftercare programs,that enable them to reach out and in their communities for integrating yoga- based interventions for building grief senstive outreach.With awareness there comes a choice. And so you are able to say, "I allow this moment to be as it is" And then suddenly,where before there was darkness, there is now a sense of life and peace.
I’d love to discuss with you how I can help your organization incorporate meditation yoga and breath work into aftercare programs.