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2525 Arapahoe Avenue E4-811

Boulder, CO 80302

 

info@livinganddyingconsciously.org

© 2019  The Living & Dying Consciously Project

September 24, 2019

“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.”


– George McDonald


On September 21, the fall equinox, I spent time in the company of friends in ceremony. Good friends and family are important in my life. We relish the time we get to spend together laughing, eating and telling stories.

These are the folks I rely on to help me when I am sick and care for me when I am dying. My husband and I do not have children to lean on in times of difficulty. We must plan, figure out who is best suited for the various jobs, and ask for help.

Preparing for death as a rite o...

August 28, 2019

“How did it get so late so soon?

It's night before it's afternoon.

December is here before it's June.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

How did it get so late so soon??"  

~ Dr. Seuss 


I welcome the “dog days” of summer as Sirius shines brightly in the night sky. For me, this is a time of rest after a busy summer of teaching. The hot days encourage me to take it easy and reflect on where I have been and where I am going. I push the pause button on my life to take time for myself.

Time is such an interesting concept.

We humans depend on time to measure our lives, regul...

August 23, 2019

In every spiritual tradition there are prescribed periods of mourning the loss of a beloved. While the specific number of days, appropriate behavior and prescribed rituals vary from culture to culture, the message is the same: there is a time for mourning and there is a time to stop mourning.

We now recognize that grief does not have a specified time line. It comes; it goes and comes again.

In our workshop on Conscious Transitions: Living with Dying, we practice rituals for living, caregiving, grieving and dying. We know that rituals, when practiced consciously, bu...

July 25, 2019

The wisdom keepers of this world are masters of shifting subtle energies. They know a multitude of ways to create sacred spaces using nature, light, sound, color, and sacred objects.

It is inspiring to discover that 40,000 years ago we humans honored the animals we hunted by drawing them on the walls of sacred caves (France).

While in 800 CE, the temples of Borobudur (Island of Java) were constructed to symbolize the Buddhist cosmology of three worlds – the world of desire, the world of forms and the world of formlessness. Visitors sense the shifting energies of thes...

July 23, 2019

“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?"  

~ Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton 


I had the good fortune to be in San Francisco last month to see Hamilton the musical. What an experience! I still have the music swirling in my thoughts throughout the day. The play is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton who was killed in a duel at the age of 47. His wife Eliza Hamilton spent the rest of her life trying to tell his story.

The musical reminded me that we rarely have the opportunity to shape the narrative of our lives after we are gone. 

When I ask folks what they want fo...

June 21, 2019

Friday, June 21 is  the Summer Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. The Sun will reach the highest point in the sky and our shadows will be fore-shortened.

It is summertime and the living is easy.

Ancient cultures celebrated the Earth and Sun on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. People traveled great distances to astrological structures - Stonehenge in England, the Bighorn Medicine Wheel in the US and the Temple of the Earth in China. In community they offered their gratitude to the relationship between the Earth and the Sun.

Through solstice...

June 20, 2019

“Let the sun shine, let the sun shine in, the sun shine in…” 

~ Aquarius, Hair  


I am house sitting for friends this month. Their house is perched on the summit of a hill overlooking Boulder Valley. The view is spectacular. More wondrous is the number of birds that flit by, offering a tune or a flash of color.

This morning, I was entertained by a host of adventurers going about their day. Robins chirped at the top of spruce trees. A Rufous-sided Towhee scrambled through a bush offering a flick of his tail feathers as he sang a sweet song. A Red-tailed Haw...

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...

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