Grief, bardos and Hidden waterfalls

… These things death has taught me. Living and dying has become my first noble truth in that we will all die. This teaching was my first and foremost one embedded in my psyche from the repeated daily sacred drift of being with someone I loved dearly and holding the fires of presence with each minute I was gifted to be in her presence. I have since come to understand that this grace was an act of duty, a pledge to devote my life to the beloved. This her last journey was for eleven months a wondrous memory of being by her side living with her/our cancer. That’s what she called it “ living with Cancer”  not dying with cancer. She did not share my first noble truth. Her truth was love everyone , be happy. So there we were happily dying daily. Eva was my guide into Holy Love. She died on June 19th And honoring her request as her guide for her journey of living with cancer a timeless symphonic work, that sacred drift, I was called after her death to enter deeper and journeyed into reciting the Bardos from the Tibetan Book of the Dead for forty days. As with [...] continue the story

A Major Victory Over Crohn’s Disease

By Julie Kalivretenos July 5, 2010

It’s been a week since the big GREAT news! As I start the day this morning I can still hardly believe this new reality, feeling as if I’ve dropped a 500 pound burden off of my back. I have so much to say I can hardly keep it structured in paragraphs, much less a single blog post!

Over seven years after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, the greatest thing that could ever come from the recent tests I’ve undergone this past week is that it is officially in remission! In fact, no Crohn’s was detected whatsoever, it has diminished, vanished, essentially POOFED!

I do have two wee little stomach ulcers, though…but what are mere ulcers? Now that I’ve slayed the dragon, no problem! Piece of cake!

Recent history:

Rewind to about three weeks ago. I was sitting in my family physician’s office reviewing the latest blood work results. I’d just undergone my annual physical, which includes a (more extensive than usual) blood comprehensive, the regular “physical” routine, and some scripts for gastro-related tests. Something worth mentioning here are the other little pieces to the triumph: a vast improvement of my iron, hemoglobin, B-12, and vitamin D levels. They were at [...] continue the story

Moment by Moment

Moment By Moment is a film by Emmy-winning film-maker Dorothy Fadiman. It is the documentary of Molly Hale, who suffered a spinal cord injury in an automobile rollover, and after being told there was no hope for movement below her shoulders, proceeded to rehabilitate herself and continues to recover. “Moment By Moment” is Molly’s story, a story about disabilities, health and healing, attitude, choice and intention, sex, intimacy, and relationships.

One Day Full of Pain

There is an old man in one Kurdistan village in Iran, who heals fractures and broken bones with very simple tools.