The Living & Dying Consciously Project

2525 Arapahoe Avenue E4-811

Boulder, CO 80302

 

info@livinganddyingconsciously.org

The Living & Dying Consciously Project

2525 Arapahoe Avenue E4-811

Boulder, CO 80302

 

info@livinganddyingconsciouslyproject.org

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© 2019  The Living & Dying Consciously Project

May 16, 2019

We seek renewal through rituals. They provide a period of timelessness in which we may pause, focus in the moment, and rejoice in gratitude for all that we share.

Routine rituals – bathing, brushing, exercise, sleep  – maintain the body in peak condition. It is also important to allow time to let the body speak for itself.

This month we ask you to step into ceremony with your body. 

A body scan is a way to be mindful of your beautiful, strong body that has carried you in this life. Its wisdom is vast. It knows everything about you. Living consciously requires each of...

May 1, 2019

"Everything you need to know is within you.
Listen. Feel. Trust the body's wisdom."  

~ Dan Millman


I visited the “Best New Business in Boulder” last week. It was a delightful place. The entry was filled with locally crafted ceramic vessels, ornamental glass and soft weavings. Their services include body care with rose petals, essential oils and body wraps.

This is a place I want to revisit in the future.

This isn’t an art gallery or a spa. It is The Natural Funeral, a local, independent holistic funeral home and end-of-life resource center. The experienced staff prom...

April 16, 2019

Scientists have traditionally focused their research on the heart’s response to the brain’s directives. In contrast, the HeartMath Institute has discovered that the heart and brain are in a constant two-way dialog. Their research indicates that that the heart provides a gateway to accessing intuition and inner wisdom.

In stressful situations it is important to develop techniques that allow you to have situational awareness even as the emotions of fear and anxiety blur your interpretation of events. We have found that Heart-Focused™ Breathing, a technique deve...

April 2, 2019

As April showers bring May flowers so too does a terminal diagnosis bring surprising gifts. 

When time is limited we have the urge to reconnect with long lost friends. Seeking forgiveness or asking for forgiveness becomes a necessity, not a luxury. We choose to go on a bucket list adventure. I find my clients who know they are dying are frank in their speech and honest in their assessment of the situation. 

Confronting death brings us to attention. It is a time to be fully alive.

Today, when I was walking my dog Jude, I passed two blooming plum trees. I was filled wit...

March 21, 2019

“Wake at dawn with winged heart

and give thanks for another day of loving.”

– Kahlil Gibran

In my neighborhood, birds are building nests and butterflies are migrating northward. Crocuses are popping up even though snow lingers in the foothills.

It is Spring and time for new beginnings.

I am determined to update my Advance Health Care Directives this Spring.

Last week I visited with my personal attorney. She handed me a sheet of choices regarding artificial nutrition and hydration at the end of life. She asked about my choice of a Medical Health Care Agent. While these ar...

March 12, 2019

 Once a terminal diagnosis is delivered, we step onto a new path with a specific destination and few maps to guide us. The emotional turbulence that ensues can overwhelm even the bravest explorer.


In our modern society we tend to be emotionally illiterate. It is helpful to build an emotional vocabulary now so that, in times of turbulence, we are better able to express our needs.


This month we challenge you to practice a ritual of tracking your emotions.


Karla McLaren, author of The Language of Emotions, suggests that each emotion we experience has a gift for us. Fe...

February 22, 2019

The sun, moon and seasonal cycles can help us find balance in our turbulent times.

The rhythm of change is predictable. There are beginnings and endings. The cycles circle around to discover new beginning.

Developing a daily ritual will help you release the old and create the new possibilities. This month we offer you a Daily Intentional Ritual.

All you need is breath and stones. 

Instructions for the ceremony are included in the Conscious Transitions Winter Handbook – Part II.

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February 13, 2019

“ When it’s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement. I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”

– Mary Oliver (1935 – 2019)

I spent the last month performing the duties of a medical health care agent for my dear friend Celeste.

She was hospitalized for two months while doctors tried to stabilize her congestive heart failure. She had vying teams of cardiologists and nephrologists attempting to rid her of water weight without overloading her kidneys. By mid-January, her condition deteriorated further as her organs struggled to resp...

January 9, 2019

“ Start close in,

don’t take the second step

or the third,

start with the first thing

close in,

the step you don’t want to take.”

– David White

Start close in.

I challenge you to step into a Year of Conscious Transitions in which you honor and celebrate the past, cross thresholds, and meet the future with gratitude and joy.

Poets, prophets, shamans and mystics remind us that death makes life precious. We know logically that all living things die. Our anxiety, fears and attachments keep us from discovering the treasures of living fully while knowing that death is inevitable.

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November 20, 2018

"Gratitude awakens another way of being in the world, one that nurtures the heart.”  

~ Angeles Arrien

As I prepared to write our November newsletter on the practice of gratitude, I looked up the etymology of the word. Surprisingly, I misread the dictionary definition.  I read, “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return to kindness.” Return to kindness inspired me.  (The definition actually read, “…to return a kindness.”) 

For many years I have incorporated gratitude practices in my daily rituals. The thought of expanding it in...

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