There is an ancient Japanese art form called kintsugi, in which broken pottery is reconstructed – and in contrast to typical repair work, the goal of the reconstruction is not to hide the broken places but to emphasize them. In kintsugi, the seams connecting the broken pieces are filled with gold, creating a beautiful piece of art that highlights the history of the object. The object is broken but it is not deemed less valuable. [...]
What’s on your self-care menu? We all need a personalized self-care menu – the activities that we incorporate into daily practice or use as needed to maintain our physical and emotional health. Having a solid pool of options can help us endure stressful times. Here are some activities to consider if your self-care menu is lacking: Gardening can boost your mood as much as exercise Journaling for just a few minutes each day helps manage [...]
A crowd of excited shoppers, all wearing masks, began lining up at 8AM on Saturday morning in hopes of being the first to see the secondhand treasures at Blue Ridge Hospice’s brand-new thrift shop at 609 E Main St in Purcellville, Virginia. This is their ninth shop in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and the third shop located in Loudoun County. Blue Ridge Hospice, a local nonprofit organization that provides end of life care and free [...]
To anyone grieving the loss of their father this Father’s Day: If this is your first Father’s Day without your dad, our hearts go out to you. Perhaps you want to pretend this day is just another day or perhaps you want to lean into your emotions. Both are allowed. If your father has been gone for years, this day may still come with a sting. It may also come with a smile. One thing [...]
The question, “Why did I do that?” can be asked in so many different ways – with embarrassment, anger, guilt. I often talk with grieving people about approaching their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors with curiosity rather than criticism. Imagine approaching your emotional responses without judgment, but with a genuine sense of wonder and a desire to understand yourself better. “I wonder why I’m angry so often.” “I wonder why I feel so anxious at night.” [...]
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