helping those experiencing grief & loss to return to their natural state of being
More Than Conquerors
God gives us dreams for the future, but sometimes those dreams can seem impossible. That's when fear starts to set in.
If you are determined to never give up on your dream, then you have to take chances, you have to be courageous. And you need to understand that courage is not the absence of fear; it is pressing forward when you feel afraid. So when you face situations that threaten or intimidate you, you do not need to pray as much for the fear to go away as for boldness and courage so you can move ahead in spite of the fear.
The spirit of fear will always try to keep you from going forward. The enemy has used fear for centuries to try to stop people, and he is not going to change his strategy now. But you can defeat fear, because you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves us.
I want to encourage you to be determined to face fear when it comes against you. Stand firm, trusting God and knowing He is always with you.
Prayer Starter: God, even though I might feel afraid, I believe Your Word, which says that I am more than a conqueror. I can accomplish every dream You've given me because You love me and give me the victory.
"Your imagination is your preview to life’s coming attractions."
-- Albert Einstein
Going for Cat Scan which will read if trial drugs are working , today I will imagine a miracle !
Hope is the opposite of dread, and a close relative of faith. When we have faith in God, it leads to hope, and our outlook on life and the future is positive.
HOPE And DREAD
It's been a while since I have written, I have been trapped in fear and and lost a sense of hope. So many challenges , symptoms that have completely transformed my physical body on so many levels. Radiation has help pain in my pelvis and sacrum but has left my digestive system wondering what is happening?
My right arm which at on point I was told . I may lose feeling in it , has only left me with neuropathy in my thumb , index finger , and my middle finger. My right arm is filled with lymphatic fluid up the arm into my right breast..... Lymphodema I am told. Compression vest , arm sleeve, an hand compression to help fluid map out new healthy lymph nodes to move fluid thru in time.
From diagnosis to radiation to trial treatments , then two days of seeing my therapist for lymphatic drainage . I have not had a moment to wrap my head around what this means for myself and my family.Mothers day at my sons, Erin flew home to be with our family , which was such a gift. Pictures with family and grandchildren smiling ear to ear but crying my heart out, wondering if this is my last. Pictures don't pic up what's really going on I must say.
Dans Birthday , at his home. Happy special day, but still holding on to is this my last with Dan. That day Pam Murphy, and Cathy Stewert , along with Bob and Dan and A group friends of Rockland , presented me with a basket of #christinebigginsstrong.
Wristbands. Overwhelmed by the support and thoughts and prayer that in that moment lifted me from Dread to Hope,
I am ever so grateful.
The prayer has exploded on my Facebook page and everyone that wears one must know how happy it makes me to feel so supported! No I am not alone. In so many ways it has taken me and lifted me knowing that right now there are only one set of footprints!
Hope and prayer can manifest more than human spirit will ever know.
My daughter Erin has been proactive in moving forward because she to is gene positive. Doctors have found a
Spot on her breast and with hope and prayer I am holding her with me . She will be proactively going in , July second for mastectomies , in Hopes that she can move forward long before this Cancer has a chance to manifest in her body!
Erin Kelley Russo ,
I am carrying you on my shoulders ... Love is Grace, and Grace we are surrounded with!
Just stumbled across this message . TRUST
So timely.Learn to Trust God's Plan for You
You can simplify your life by learning to develop trust in God. Far too often, we don't allow ourselves to trust. Maybe your trust has been betrayed too many times in the past, or maybe you're just a very independent person. Even so, it's so critical to learn to trust God.
It's easy to get stressed out and run-down trying to make your life work on your own, but that never works. And God's plan is always better than your own. The person who trusts God knows that His way is best.
Now trust won't just magically happen. Trust grows as we take steps of faith and experience God's faithfulness. You have to tell your doubt, your fear, your insecurity, or maybe even your fierce independence to make way for a life of trusting in God. When you do that, you won't have to struggle so much to make your life work.
Trusting God brings a supernatural rest to our souls, allowing us to live simply and freely, the way He wants us to live. So even when it doesn't make sense, trust Him, and experience His freedom and rest.
Prayer Starter: God, Your ways are better than mine and I know that trusting in my own strength will get me nowhere. I place my trust in You. Even when it doesn't make sense to me, I choose to trust You, knowing You will make Your plans come to pass.
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.