This week’s theme: Grief
Grief is a natural reaction to loss. You must have heard it expressed in many ways. Sometimes, people call it “the most difficult emotion”. It is the one that overwhelms us and makes us feel insecure. It can affect us in many different ways. Grief can cause much pain or it can be a sense of loss. It’s hard to talk about grief without making it sound dramatic, but we must talk about how grief affects us. That’s one way to help us walk through it.
Grief is a normal process, which we all experience. The important thing to remember is that no one should feel alone in their grief and there is help out there for you. Our guest today is Amanda Mackenzie. As an influential coach and Director of Dragonfly Consulting + Coaching, Amanda completed her postgraduate holistic psychotherapy and counselling training at the Metavision Institute. She also now works with clients seeking to increase their self-awareness in order to live the life they want. Here are a few words from her:
From Fear to Fire: Secrets to Overcome Fear, Embrace your Gifts and Achieve Success
This is the place where real people share real challenges. Where you can find a common bond and uncommon wisdom through their stories. Use tips from the breakthroughs of others to jump start your success. Speaker, author, adventurer, and host Heather Hansen O’Neill takes you on the journey from fear to fire. Today we talk about how to help people get through grief and find meaning.
My understanding of grief has grown with the loss of a number of loved ones, particularly the loss of my husband. The absence of scientific and medical solutions in his treatment led us to alternative approaches. Beyond his death in 2003 I have explored a number of wisdom traditions from across time and cultures to support my own healing. I regularly practice these myself and teach them to others in therapy and in workshops; integrating cultural and spiritual practices as they prove useful to me and to others. The twists and turns of my personal grief have prompted me to look deeper and wider to find those things that help, and I share them in my work as a counsellor and coach.
Unresolved grief from the past appears in the present, disturbing our equilibrium and affecting our mental health. Early in my work as a teacher and school principal I saw the impact of grief on children and families, and I identified risk factors around resilience and recovery. In my work as an influential leadership coach, I have seen the effects of grief on the capacity of people to be their best, especially in demanding and responsible roles. These experiences led me, in part, to undertake postgraduate qualifications in holistic psychotherapy and counselling and I now work as a therapist supporting clients with their suffering and healing.
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Quote of the Day:
“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” ~Yoko Ono
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