Uncovering Your Self-Capacities, Self-Trust and Inner Wisdom



We Don’t “Move On” From Grief, We Move Forward With It

In a talk that’s by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, writer and podcaster Nora McInerny shares her hard-earned wisdom about life and death. Her candid approach to something that will, let’s face it, affect us all, is as liberating as it is gut-wrenching. Most powerfully, she encourages us to shift how we approach grief. “A grieving person is going to laugh again and smile again,” she says. “They’re going to move forward. But that doesn’t mean that they’ve moved on.

The Transformative Experience of Grief

Speaking Grief explores the transformative experience of losing a family member in a grief-avoidant society. It validates grief as a normal, healthy part of the human experience rather than a problem that needs to be “fixed.” It also addresses the role that support from friends and family plays in a person’s grief experience, offering guidance on how to show up for people in their darkest moments.


Self-care involves learning to discern what is good for us, what we let in and what we need to let go. When we feel connected to ourselves, others, and nature, we are more likely to experience a sense of wholeness and harmony. These kinds of experiences are gifts we can give to our mental health and wellbeing.

Throughout the day, a practical way to remember to take care of ourselves is to do a quick scanning exercise over the four dimensions of our being and existence: Mind, Body, Emotions, and connection with the Environment and Others.

Sometimes we need to ask ourselves one or two questions to bring more self-awareness and decide whether we need to take some actions to help us be more self-caring and self-nurturing.

Science of Breath

Mindfulness incorporates plenty of breathing techniques. Breathing exercises can help you relax because they make your body feel like it does when you are already relaxed.

Deep breathing and practicing Mindfulness are some of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax, and the parasympathetic nervous system is activated. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.

The way you breathe affects your whole body. Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress. Breathing exercises are easy to learn. You can do them whenever you want, and you don’t need any special tools or equipment to do them.


Activating our natural relaxation responses: Mindfulness of the body.

Learning the basics of any relaxation technique isn’t difficult, but it takes regular practice to truly benefit from its relieving power.

If you are experiencing unwanted tension in your mind or body, try setting aside at least 10 to 20 minutes a day for your relaxation practice.

During times of grief and unexpected life transitions, reaching out to the different practices and exercises that mindfulness has to offer can be a source of healing and even empowering.

Listen to Full Body Relaxation below:

Start living a more mindful life today.

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