2020 has been something, huh? Because of all of the things, we are thrilled to be sharing this guest post from Bernadette Pleasant, the founder of The Emotional Institute, an online resource and educational center that offers courses, workshops, and interactive experiences that provide pathways to cultivate emotional wellbeing and gain insights that bring about a balanced mind/body connection. Bernadette has spent a lifetime exploring celebrations of the mind and body, from sensual dance to somatic healing. As a woman of color who comes from an esteemed tradition of natural healers, she is recognized as a leader in the mind-body…

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Laura Williams is a freelance writer and exercise physiologist living and working in Costa Rica. After being widowed in 2018, she started using her own grief experience to champion others navigating significant loss. She’s now working to open a grief retreat in Costa Rica and an online grief community. You can follow Brave Heart Ranch on Facebook to learn more. Read on as she shares her experience with grief — and how she’s learned to find her new path and joy after such a big loss. 5 Ways to Move Forward with Grief After a Devastating Loss by Laura Williams I…

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A few months ago — in the matter of just a couple of weeks — I lost both my grandmother and my dog. Neither was a surprise, but both were close relationships. And happening that close together? Well, it hit my family and me HARD. Not only was I dealing with the grief of losing a woman gave me a strong foundation of unconditional love throughout my childhood and into adulthood, but I also lost my four-legged daily companion of 11 years. Sometimes it felt as though both losses were connected, and I could release emotions for both of them…

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A few weeks ago I was at the gym, hanging out with my daughter after the workout, when a fellow member and friend came up and asked me a question that really gave me pause. What’s inspiring you these days? he asked. In the moment, I was dumbfounded. No one had ever asked me that before — and I’d never thought to ask it of anyone else, either. And it was a GREAT question. I mean, it’s a deep and interesting thing to ask. It gets into who someone is, what they’re motivated by, and what they’re working towards. It’s kinda…

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As I live with my grief day to day, month to month, year to year, I realize more and more what “they” say is true. Grief is not a destination. It is a journey that changes daily, and just when you think you have it figured out, it changes on you. It’s been a little less than four years since my husband and I said our goodbyes to our daughter Ilana. That first year, there were more tears than I have cried in my entire life. There was more heartache than one should endure in a lifetime. There was sadness,…

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