“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices A Coping With Grief Post When I was in Belfast recently, my friend invited me to attend a Promise Yoga … [Read more...] about What Yoga Teaches Us About Holding Space for Grief
BlogA few years ago, I was just like everyone else I knew. I was on the corporate career track at a company I loved, caring for my aging parents, and taking life’s adventures one day at a time with my soul mate at my side. I had a plan. I knew where I was going, how long it would take to get there, and had the action items to propel me towards my life goals.
"You are protected, in short, by your ability to love." - Albus Dumbledore J.K. Rowling A Keeping It Real Post Last's week's post was a bit heavy. Thanks for all the comments and private messages about how it resonated with you. Sharing one's personal story can be a … [Read more...] about What Hermione Granger’s Undetectable Extension Charm Reminds Us About Love After Loss
“To write poetry and to commit suicide, apparently so contradictory, had really been the same, attempts at escape.” John Fowles, The Magus A Keeping It Real Post I hate this topic. I loathe it. It makes my stomach hurt, and my palms sweat, but it's something … [Read more...] about Suicide and the Bereaved
“Ritual is able to hold the long-discarded shards of our stories and make them whole again. It has the strength and elasticity to contain what we cannot contain on our own, what we cannot face in solitude.” Francis Weller, The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and … [Read more...] about Letting Go Of Grief Rituals
Notice something a little different? Welcome to the new and improved TheRealLisaBain.com. Why the change? I’m excited to announce the release of my novel, Heart of a Kingdom, which warranted a little makeover. Whaddya think? Let me know in the comments section! CREATIVE … [Read more...] about My first novel, Heart of a Kingdom
"All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others." Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse A Keeping It Real Post There is a … [Read more...] about Invisibility: The Hidden Side Effect of Widowhood