Helpers and Healers

Posted on March 18, 2021


Aimee Lewis and LauUa Schmidt, my friends and the co-founders of the Good Grief Network (GGN), posted a link to their “waterside chat” with Abbey Koshak (of Waterspirit), titled, “Feeling & Healing: Resilience in an age of Climate Chaos” the other day.

Listening to their conversation, I found many of their ideas interesting, valuable, and applicable to my current situation. 

Currently, I am grieving losses of several orders of magnitude greater than anything I’ve ever experienced. Trauma and loss have multiplied over recent years, and now they threaten to overwhelm.

As a mindfulness/self-care educator, I have a toolbox that contains many useful tools in it for processing trauma and doing grief work, but I’m always seeking more good tools and strategies to navigate life’s storms. The conversation between Aimee, LaUra, and Abbey brought me a sense of caring community as they shared the ways they are “feeling and healing.” I invite you to click the link above and give a listen. It’s good medicine.

The grief I’m currently experiencing is from personal loss, and I feel far too vulnerable to interact with a group of strangers about it, so I am unable to join a GGN group right now, but I do want to use their 10-Steps to Personal Resilience & Empowerment in a Chaotic Climate as a tool to process, feel, and heal on my own. I will be focusing on the topic for each week, writing about it in my journal, seeking out other resources & strategies that relate to the issues, and talking about things with people I trust. I’ll work at my own pace; some topics may call for more or less than a week. Right now, I never know how much I can do before my brain fizzles. Cognitive tasks are often much more challenging these days: they take longer and much more effort to complete. I’ll take all the time I need.

However, I do like the idea of a group, and I encourage readers to consider joining a group or inviting a GGN facilitator to work with an existing group, if you’re interested. For myself, I will put the idea of joining a group on the back burner and see if anyone I know is interested in participating in a future group. I am deeply thankful to LaUra, and Aimee for doing this important work, and I look forward to reading the book they’re currently writing!

Another bit of good medicine I’ve recently discovered is a podcast called Finding Fred, which focuses on Mr. Rogers, the children’s TV educator. This 10-part podcast from 2019, hosted by Carvell Wallace, explores “the life, thinking and work of Fred Rogers, and asks what the cardigan wearing host of a decades-old children’s show can tell us about how to get by in today’s chaotic world.”

It’s good medicine. Give a listen!

The Buddhists say, “All life is suffering.” Some days it feels like life is “nothing but suffering.” But I know that while that statement might be “emotionally true,” it is just as true that “life is beautiful” and “life is good.” Creators and educators like Aimee Lewis, LaUra Schmidt, Carvell Wallace, and Mr. Fred Rogers remind us that by caring for ourselves and one another, we see that life is beautiful, and that life is good.

Be well, friend. Take care. See you soon!

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Aimee, Adam, lisa
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lisa eddy is a writer and editor for-hire, researcher, educator-for-hire, youth advocate,  musician, and gardener.

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