helping those experiencing grief & loss to return to their natural state of being
IN THE MIDST OF STORMS
We all have opportunities to get upset and live stressed out. The storms of life come to every person. No matter how good a person you are, you’re going to have some “rain” in your life. When these storms come, a lot people use their faith to try to control their circumstances. But I’ve found it’s better to use my faith to control myself in the midst of my circumstances. I know that if I can just remain stable in the storms of life and stay in peace, that’s what allows God to act on my behalf.
God never said that we wouldn’t have difficulties, but He did promise we could have peace in the midst of the storms. When you face adversities, one of the most powerful things you can do is simply stay calm. When you are at peace, you are displaying your faith in God. By your actions you’re saying, “God, I know You’re still on the throne. I know You’re bigger than this problem.” So keep peace in the midst of your storms today. Trust that He is working behind the scenes. Keep your heart open to Him because soon He will deliver you!
Father God, thank You for peace in the midst of the storms of life. I choose to hold my peace knowing that You are working behind the scenes. I trust You, I trust Your timing, and I trust that You are working everything together for my good because You love me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Instead of a Quote that reflects my experience, I thought it was important to share
Devotional readings that have nurtured me along my journey.
This devotional was appropriate today as I experience my last treatment of Eribulin. I am so grateful that this very drug is what directly had effect on shrinking my tumors. Last week my Oncologist Dr Rochelle Shieb , put other options out there for me.
We began A New Year. Letting go of last, but never forgetting all that it has taught me. Cancer is my biggest teacher.
New year , bringing all the Love and support and compassion from family, pink bracelets , friends understanding that my journey has been that of survival .
Survival , involves, new ways of eating, hours of researching nutritional healthy ways to hopefully not feed my Cancer. A new awakening.
Spending lots of time in meditation and prayer. Taking baby steps to move forward.
New license, new passport, new car?
Some things that are a reminder to move forward. Teaching one class, taking a few. Everything is becoming new and firsts for me. I guess it's like pruning a tree,
Stronger in my faith to just take baby steps to heal. My body is a reminder of the physical changes that have left the physical , in trauma. My mind being compassionate to my body, reminding me to be gentle with self. Tending to a vine or a tree, so they can grow into the beauty that was meant for the tree, or the fruit of the vine.
Feeling grateful for every moment which for me is a gift from God. All the more reason I must treat this body and spirit as a sacred being. Everything is new!
Like anything , a toy , a new computer it takes time and showing up for myself, to continue so that I can continue to love and nurture my family , and friends.
Nonviolence, Martin Luther King, as I move forward , becoming that with Cancer . Bringing peace to it,trying to rid myself of anxiety.
Though it isn't easy, it is a practice. Breathe, checking in every moment, and giving anything that gets in the way back to God! 2015 bringing peace to myself and sending peace to all!
Hugs ! Happy New a Year!
Yoga Therapy opening and gently saying hello to my body! Shawn Cornielson Beginning again!
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.