“Healing Heartache” Support Group

If you–or someone you care about–is struggling with the heartache of loss (family, friend, pet, job or health), then you’ll love this proven system to recover heart’s ease:  hope, peace, gratitude and eventually a return to joy.

D’Anne is offering a FREE introductory presentation on Friday, February 19th at 1:30 pm at the Chehalem Senior Center, 101 W. Foothills Dr., Newberg. Drop-ins are welcome, but an RSVP at 503-537-9404 is preferred.

This “Healing Heartache” support group is like no other. You will share your journey with the group, of course, but you will also learn and practice a self-applied technique (EFT tapping) to move you faster and easier through the difficult emotions of loss:

  • shock at the news
  • anger at yourself or another
  • guilt or regret
  • deep sadness
  • loneliness
  • fear of the future.

The last stage of grief recovery (when all the bereavement injuries are healed) is not simply acceptance. Instead, it is feeling hope, gratitude, peace and, especially love–unconditionally and across space and time. The last stage of recovery is feeling free to return to living this present day with joy.

The “Healing Heartache” support group will meet Fridays at 1:30 pm from March 4th through April 1st at the Senior Center. The cost for these 5-week sessions is $75 (including materials). Space is limited, so register soon at the Center or call 503-537-9404 to reserve your place

If you don’t know if this is for you, mark your calendar for the FREE introductory presentation on February 19th at 1:30 pm at the Chehalem Senior Center, 101 W. Foothills Dr., Newberg. Drop-ins are welcome, but an RSVP at 503-537-9404 is preferred.

P.S. Did you know that every loss brings up every other loss in the subconscious?  For this reason, you might also wish an individual appointment with D’Anne to clear (or emotionally neutralize–we never ever forget!) these other losses. Call her at 971-506-0498 for a FREE initial conversation.

“No-Floor Yoga” FREE Sample Sessions

Did you know that Yoga (at about 5,000 years) is the world’s oldest health maintenance system? And it’s the best protocol for anti-aging–and maintaining independence.

Yoga is not for weight loss or body beautiful; it’s for total well-being. Unlike most exercise programs, Yoga works on the whole person:  body, mind and spirit. And all this without equipment or the necessity of leaving the comfort of your home on a daily basis!

Want to try Yoga?  D’Anne is offering two sample “No-Floor Yoga” sessions FREE at the Chehalem Senior Center:

  • Tuesday, February 23rd at 10 am
  • Thursday, February 25th at 3 pm

Drop-ins are welcome, but an RSVP at 503-537-9404 is preferred.

Regular classes are scheduled to begin in March for the incredible low cost of $20 for 5-weeks. Call 503-537-9404 to check on the dates and times that have been selected–based on response to the Free sessions.

Why Yoga?  Its benefits include improving

  • walking, getting up and down
  • digestion and elimination
  • blood circulation
  • sleep
  • balance
  • physical energy
  • mental clarity and peace.

We get these benefits, not by constantly moving, but by slowly getting into a stretch, holding the position briefly while focusing on breathing (or counting) and then slowly releasing the stretch. This method of “exercise” not only promotes strength and flexibility, but each posture becomes a sort of mini-meditation which results in a delightful feeling of relaxation and well-being.

D’Anne credits her good health to Yoga. She started practicing in her twenties and in 1982, she began years of Yoga Teachers’ Training with Yogi Krishan Sidhu outside of Toronto, Canada. She has since taught Yoga for Health Maintenance (as well as Yoga Philosophy and Meditation) in various venues and to all age groups for over 20 years.

Please feel free to call D’Anne at 971-506-0498 with questions or requests.

Got the holiday blues?

Holidays can be difficult–that empty seat at the table is a reminder of loss. Additionally, we remember past holidays and grieve not only loved ones who’ve died or left us, but lost homes, lost careers, lost health, dreams-never-fulfilled.

We each respond to grief and  loss in our own way–but some of the ways we respond aren’t all that great. Here are three that keep us stuck:

  1. Denial; stiff upper lip. “S/he wasn’t all that important.”  “I can always find a better spouse–or house or job or friend.” And, “The loss was a long time ago.”
  2. Throw out the reminders, stuff the memories:  hurry up and get rid of the clothes, the photos, the gifts, the awards.
  3. Or, conversely, hang on to the emotions (even the painful ones). “If I give up my anguish, guilt, anger, despair or emptiness, I’ll stop caring and so lose all my connection to what I’ve     loved.”

At some level, we know these responses don’t really work. Denying and stuffing don’t work because no matter how hard we try, our Subconscious remembers everything. What we try to bury eventually manifests in sickness of spirit and often of body. Time alone does not heal.

Hanging on to painful emotions doesn’t work either. This response keeps us from honoring ourselves in the present and celebrating the good that was–and the love and gratitude and even the joy that yet may be.

What’s the answer?  The most universal recovery response is to talk and cry and talk and cry. It really helps–especially if we have friends that support us. But, oh, it takes so long!  And even our best friends eventually get tired of listening.

The talking-and-crying response ignores the (EFT) reality that we not only have a physical body and a mental body but also an energetic body. Grief and loss are traumas that block the flow of energy in our energy/meridian system. Don’t we intuitively know that?  Because we can feel that blockage in our bodies when our heart aches and our throat hurts. And our head throbs.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping the acupuncture meridian endpoints) is a modern breakthrough that quickly unblocks the stuck places in the energy system. (EFT doesn’t stop the normal grief process, but it can take away any unnecessary pain and speed recovery.) Even though for long-standing or complicated grief, you will want to work with an EFT practitioner, tapping is self-applied so you can begin on your own.

Try this for starters. Place both hands over your heart, take three slow, deep breaths and say,

“All of this (heartache, anger, guilt, despair–or whatever), I now let you go.
Soften and flow; soften and flow.”

Repeat until you feel the shift in your body.

You can read more about EFT here.

P.S.  Know that when you work with an EFT practitioner, you don’t stop when the pain is gone! Together you continue tapping until you bring in energy for the way you want to feel:  peace, good memories, gratitude, hope, love and even joy–when you’re ready. In an EFT session, you are in charge and you proceed exactly at your own pace.

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