Gratitude & Healing

First of all, wrapped in my comfort rug, I would like to say a very big thank you to all of you, all of you who have made this loss easier for me over the past three weeks or so.  Those of you who have taken time out to send prayers and blessings mean the world of difference, in a world that often seems unmoved.  Here we know this isn’t true, and thanks and big hugs all round, and particularly to Heather, who is just the greatest.  I would like to share some of the wise words that have helped me along, and this seems just the place to do it:

“Our lives are shaped as much by those who leave us as they are by those who stay.  Loss is our legacy.  Insight is our gift.  Memory is our guide.” – Hope Edelman

“Those who try to walk around the edge of their grief do themselves no favours.  By avoiding the suffering, they in fact avoid the potential for growth that is concealed behind every crisis.” – Doris Zagdanski

“Go with the pain, let it take you.  Open your palms and your body to the pain.  It comes in waves like the tide and you must be open as a vessel lying on the beach, letting it fill you up and then, retreating, leaving you empty and clear.” – Anne Morrow Lindberg

“Go Gently.” – David Morawetz

“The fact that something has happened to a million other people diminishes neither grief nor joy.” – Unknown

“Those things that hurt instruct.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The melody that the loved one played upon the piano of your life will never be played  quite that way again, but we must not close the keyboard and allow the instrument to gather dust.  We must seek out other artists of the spirit, new friends who gradually will help us to find the road to life again, who will walk that road with us.” – Joshua Loth Liebmann

{{{Love to you all.}}}


(These wise quotes come from a small book that has helped me over the past eight years, through different experiences of grief.  I highly recommend it to anyone, even those not grieving, because it is helpful for people whose friends are going through a tough time too.  It’s called “Now That The Funeral Is Over” by Doris Zagdanski, published by Hill of Content.  It is still so helpful, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.)


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About Seeking balance from corporate life years back in 2005, Monika Roleff stumbled across Lemuria in cyberspace, and became Imogen Crest, Time Travelling Nature Hermit, under the influence of Heather Blakey, educator and Webmistress of Soul Food Cafe – famous global writing and art group. “Imogen” has never looked back, and creates the world as she sees it, through the eyes of nature, in word and art across many eras. In “real life” Monika Roleff is a writer, nature photographer, consultant, vintage fairs/events curator and facilitator, writing fest co-ordinator, community artist, and more, with an extensive admin and retail fashion/textiles/arts background, and can be contacted on indigo_moon22 at hotmail dot com.

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