“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” — Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
The Five Stages of Grief
The stages have evolved since their introduction, and they have been very misunderstood over the past three decades. They were never meant to help tuck messy emotions into neat packages. They are responses to loss that many people have, but there is not a typical response to loss, as there is no typical loss. Our grief is as individual as our lives.
The five stages — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — are a part of the framework that makes up our learning to live with the one we lost. They are tools to help us frame and identify what we may be feeling. But they are not stops on some linear timeline in grief. Not everyone goes through all of them or goes in a prescribed order.
Our hope is that with these stages comes the knowledge of grief’s terrain, making us better equipped to cope with life and loss.
More Info: http://www.amazon.com/On-Grief-Grieving-Finding-Meaning/dp/product-description/0743266293/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books
Lady Gaga has called off some of her tour dates after revealing she can barely walk after a month of physical agony.
The superstar has been struck down by severe inflammation of the joints, a condition known as synovitis.
‘I barely know what to say. I’ve been hiding a show injury and chronic pain for some time now, [and] over the past month it has worsened,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘I’ve been praying it would heal. I hid it from my staff. I didn’t want to disappoint my amazing fans. However, after last night’s performance I could not walk and still can’t.’
Read More: metro.co.uk/2013/02/13/lady-gaga-prays…
“By managing energy more skillfully, it’s possible to get more done, in less time, more sustainably.”
More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.
Read More: www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
This opinion piece is the perfect epilogue to my previous post, Is Less Really More?
“Suffering from chronic pain or illness—or, as is often the case, both—can feel like a full-time job. One reason for this is that we must constantly assess and evaluate if we’re managing our health and our relationships as skillfully as possible. This ongoing decision making makes up a major part of the workload in this full-time job—a position we certainly never applied for!
Here are five tough choices we continually face. There aren’t easy answers to the issues they raise: that’s why they’re tough choices.”
Read More: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201301/5-tough-choices-you-face-when-chronically-ill-or-in-pain
Toni Bernhard is the author of the award-winning How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers. Her new book, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, will be published in September 2013.