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Of Loss and Renewal

Several months ago, a dear friend lost his beloved dog – his companion of 15 years. A new puppy is about to arrive in his life, and he feels torn. Despite his excitement and joy, it feels like a betrayal of the one who has passed.

He asked me how he could get past the conflicted feelings, and I replied.

“There is only one Love, and all the love we feel is part of it. So, when we open our hearts to another companion animal, we take nothing away from the ones we’ve loved before. We are simply saying ‘yes’ to life, and, in so doing, we allow ourselves to continue living in the flow of Love, just in a different form. It is all One.”

His new baby is now at home with him and they are bonding. It takes courage to love again in any context, but the rewards are great.

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Still Waters – A Mindful Meditation on YouTube

It continues to be a stressful year for everyone. Many are struggling with isolation, and depression, and anxiety, unable to see an end to the COVID situation.

When we can’t change circumstances, all we can do is change our response to those circumstances; and one of the best ways of doing so, is to return to the present moment – to become mindful – stopping the wheels turning for a little while and allowing the mind-body to rest.

This short, ten-minute guided meditation features beautiful images and soothing music. It takes you on a journey of peace, and in those few minutes each day, you can train your mind to let go of negative thoughts and worries, and build resilience for the months ahead.

I hope you will find it enjoyable and helpful, and wish you well as we journey together towards a brighter future.

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Go Gently – A Moment of Mindfulness

This short video reminds us to slow the pace of life, let go of anxiety, and enjoy the moment.