Archive for November, 2008

A Three-Day Gratitude Extravaganza: Why this was the Best Thanksgiving Ever!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

While I truly feel gratitude every day, this week has offered blessing after unbelievable blessing.  I did not know I could top last year’s Thanksgiving that featured two days of catered meals from Cafe Raw Bliss in Sedona, but wow, this has been an amazing few days for me.

It began on Tuesday, when the first of a long-promised, yet “impossible” series of blessings manifested into third dimensional reality.  I can’t share the details yet, because this first blessing links to a whole bunch of other ones, all of which must remain secret for the moment.  I promise, once all these intuitive hits come true, I will share the story.  For now, just know that receiving this particular blessing on Tuesday felt VERY good.  I can’t even describe how good it feels without giving away the rest, but it set the tone–a few months earlier than expected, too!

My husband and I decided to celebrate Thanksgiving that night instead of waiting until Thursday.  We made a last minute request for a Whole Foods Thankgsiving meal for him, and I invented an awesome new smoothie:  Acai-Mint-Blueberry-Cacao with a few other surprising ingredients.  (I’m supposed to be developing 100 original recipes for another lazy raw foodist book, so I love it when something new appears in my Vita-Mix.) 

Why didn’t I eat a big raw meal during our Tuesday celebration?  Because visionary artist Tania Marie planned to visit me on Wednesday.  She lives at Lake Tahoe but needed help loading a 150-pound crystal into her hybrid from a store in Sausalito.  She planned to pick me up, pick up the crystal and then head over to San Rafael for a pre-T-day meal at Cafe Gratitude

When Stephen and I celebrated on Tuesday, Tania and I changed plans.  She opted to stay in Sonoma County so we could have a legendary (and free) Thanksgiving feast at the new Cafe Gratitude in Healdsburg.  Yes, I love living in Northern California!

Tania arrived on Tuesday morning. I had just finished crafting a scene in my novel involving two Lemurian Seed Crystals, and in retrospect, that seems like an appropriate beginning to our journey.  We headed down the 101 to the Dynamic Crystal Gallery in Sausalito/Marin City.  Wow, that place has great crystals!  Having lived in Sedona twice, I’ve seen a lot of crystals, but Seann (the owner) really selects some special ones from Brazil.  I have never seen such beautiful pieces!  I quickly selected two more treats for myself (besides a print of Air) as intended rewards for selling my novel.  Yes, I still need to complete it, but some of that falls into the above-mentioned intuitions.  It feels right to dream big.  🙂

We chatted with Seann for a long time, and he answered a few questions I had regarding details in my novel.  Then we went to the storage area to pick up Tania’s giant Lemurian.  It was heavy, but with some Jedi mind tricks, the three of us managed to load it. 😉

Seann then invited us to tour the warehouse, and Tania noticed a five-inch Lemurian for me just as Seann did.  He picked it up and announced, “This one wants to go home with you.  Here’s a gift for helping load.”  Wow!  Knowing what I know of crystals, this represented quite a gift.  I have one Lemurian, but the novel scene includes two.  Just that morning I had secretly longed for a second one. 

After Seann handed it to me, Tania said, “When I saw that crystal, I thought, ‘That one’s going home with Laura.'”  Seann gave Tania a similarly sized Lemurian, so we now have twins.  We visited a while longer, then made our way to Cafe Gratitude in San Rafael.

Anyone who knows me knows I especially love Cafe Gratitude, but rarely do I go there with someone who can pack away as much food as I can.  Apparently, Tania and I have twin bellies as well as twin Lemurians.  We ate so much that our waiter started looking for said bellies.  When we ordered three desserts, he corrected us, assuming we meant I AM JOY (like almond joy candy bars) for one of us and I AM PERFECT (pecan pie) for the other.  Um, no!!!  We were both JOY and we wanted to split perfection. 

We giggled about the waiter’s difficulty believing that two 100-pound pixies could eat so much.  Tania mischievously decided to order more snacks for later.  By the time we finished all our desserts and picked up the to-go food, our waiter’s jaw had dropped.  We felt really full and really blessed. 

But the universe hadn’t finished with us yet.  As a San Francisco Raw Food Potluck member, I received a 10% discount on the entire check.  At the cash register, I happened to notice some Vitamineral Green for less than half the cost I expected to pay.  Nice!  Having just used the last of my acai in my Thanksgiving smoothie invention, I bought the VG and some Gratitude Acai powder:  no need for online orders after all.

Too much traffic headed towards the 101 encouraged us to stop at Open Secret Bookstore in San Rafael.  We just browsed, but it sure beat a stand-still Bay Area holiday rush hour.  When we got back to Sonoma County, I played with Tania’s turtle, Gaia for awhile, wrote another novel scene and hit the sack. 

I had a funny feeling Cafe Gratitude might run out of food the next day, so we decided to arrive early. REALLY early.  We got there before the doors opened and soon claimed our seats at the giant wooden farm tables. We did not know what to expect but found ourselves delighted on all levels!  

Everything they served us was raw, organic and vegan.  We began with warm apple cider, quickly followed by warm chai-apple cider:  both exquisite.  Then our servers brought a basket of assorted crackers.  They tasted so good, we might have felt satisfied with just those and our cozy drinks.


By this time, more people started to arrive, so the staff asked us all to consolidate at the larger tables.  A sweet couple (Jeff and Rita) from Santa Rosa ended up sitting beside us.  Although we just met this morning, we talked with them the entire time like old friends. 


When our food arrived, it looked like a traditional Thanksgiving meal:  cauilflower mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, a slice of “turkey loaf,” stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a green salad, along with a refill of crackers.  The warm potatoes made me smile, and the rest of the food tasted amazing.


For dessert, they offered mocha or vanilla ice cream.  We somehow wound up with both flavors for each of us!  Mmmmm, we love raw ice cream. Synchronously receiving not just one but two scoops each–wow! 


As I took my last bite of vanilla ice cream, I noticed some friends pull up outside.  About eight people from the Petaluma Raw Food potluck had decided to meet there at 12:30.  (Due to my intuition about them running out of food, we had planned to meet them there after we had eaten.)  Tania and I ordered a Yerba mate and visited with them for another hour. 


The feast food did disappear around 12:30, but Cafe Gratitude accommodated my potluck friends with items from their regular menu.  Tania and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  The food, the company, the chance to express our gratitude for this abundant life, the one-minute of sustained group laughter:  a Thanksgiving we won’t ever forget.  I would have gladly paid $50-100 for such an experience, but Cafe Gratitude offers this feast each year as a gift to the community.  They don’t even turn on their cash registers.


Afterwards, I celebrated again with my wonderful hubby, who considered his Whole Foods holiday pack among the best feasts he’s ever enjoyed, too.  We finished our evening early enough for us to spend more time on our creative pursuits:  my novel and his photography.  “My cup overflowethed” so much, though, that I needed to write this post before I could return to fiction.


Many, many blessings to each of you!  I wish you all the abundance of the moment and thousands of little surprises along your journey. 


I AM GRATEFUL.  Wow, what a wonderful life!




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Medical Intuition: Ancient Healing with a New Name

This article first appeared in the Fall 2006 issue of We Connect Magazine. Copyright Laura Bruno, 2006.


Medical Intuition:

Ancient Healing with a New Name


            In the 1980’s Caroline Myss (pronounced ‘mace’) and neurosurgeon Dr. Norman Sheady coined the phrase “medical intuition” to describe the ability to access mental, emotional and spiritual issues affecting physical health. Myss collected her experiences working with Sheady’s patients and wrote the bestseller, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can. In this and other books, Myss re-introduced millions of people to the ideas of Medical Intuition and energy healing. I say “re-introduced” because neither of these fields is actually new.

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Edgar Cayce dropped into hypnotic trances to diagnose all sorts of health problems. As people recovered, he grew famous as “a seer.” Some Medical Intuitives trace their heritage to Edgar Cayce, which usually means they “see” imbalances in the body and make accurate diagnoses. Cayce-inspired Medical Intuitives often locate health issues that traditional medicine has overlooked. By referring clients for confirmatory testing and treatment, these types of Medical Intuitives function almost like extra tests. Rather than using equipment, they X-ray and scan the body with their minds.  

Long before Edgar Cayce, though, medicine men and women, shamans, and witchdoctors practiced forms of Medical Intuition. Some, like Cayce, dropped into trances. Others seemed supernaturally familiar with the healing power of herbs. Still others performed rituals and prayer to treat the body by healing the spirit. Into the Middle Ages, most people subscribed to the idea of a body/mind/spirit connection. Enter the Inquisition and the burning of millions of “witches”: even if folk healers survived, the Renaissance brought “modern” medicine, which called them superstitious. Medical research has only recently validated amazing connections among mind, body and spirit.  

Ancient Sanskrit writings describe energy centers called chakras, which rise from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. Each chakra corresponds to different organs, emotions, colors, sounds and life issues. (Cutting-edge research seems to verify connections among chakras and the location of nerve clusters and endocrine glands.) From this Hindu tradition comes an understanding of Life as a pulsation of universal energy. People revere the sound, “Om” as that vibration that connects and encompasses all of Life.

The Tao Te Ching speaks of something similar called, “The Great Integrity,” a unity of opposites before the One separated into forms. Quantum physics has begun to explore these ideas by studying atoms, photons, relativity, The Big Bang, and quarks. The more scientists discover, the more ancient philosophies ring true. We now know that nothing is really “solid.” Electrons constantly orbit the nucleus of atoms, jumping to form compounds or moving in waves of various frequencies.  

The idea of one universal energy—a Divine energy—running through all of Life opens major possibilities for healing. Wellness becomes a state of being “in tune” with Life. When we recognize everything as One (as Divine), then unconditional compassion flows freely. We begin to vibrate in our natural state. A tuning fork can cause another tuning fork to vibrate, as long as they share the same fundamental frequency. In other words, one fork can start a second one vibrating just by vibrating the way the other fork naturally wants to vibrate. They “resonate” with each other. Similarly, as we vibrate waves of unconditional compassion, energy near us remembers its natural state. People begin to heal. Jesus Christ was the most famous Medical Intuitive to walk the earth, and he modeled this possibility for healing. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

In this state of unconditional compassion, everything is possible. 

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Book Review of The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide

Emily Rutherford just posted a great review of The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide.  You can read her review right here.  I love Emily’s site because her international raw food restaurant guide makes being a lazy raw foodist really easy!  Thanks, Emily!

My Novel

Hey Folks,

I’m on a mad dash to finish my novel, Schizandra and the Gates of Mu by the end of this year.  Crazy? Yeah, but not necessarily impossible.  I wrote The Lazy Raw Foodist’s Guide in three weeks!  You might notice less frequent blog posts, though.  Since I continue expanding my coaching and intuitive sessions, something needs to give.

I’ll let you know when I come up for air!

Many Blessings,


Flushing out the Bush Administration: Human Evolution, Raw Food, and B-12

With the world celebrating Barack Obama’s victory and a return of integrity to “The American Dream,” many people around the globe have moved from hope to belief that we are, in fact, in process of a major transition.  Indeed, the tides have begun to turn, and after the full moon on November 12, we should feel much more fully ensconced in a new world. 

I synchronously (and unintentionally) celebrated this change with Hulda Clark’s Liver Cleanse.  For those of you unfamiliar with this particular cleanse, you can find instructions and more information by clicking here.  I’ve done Hulda Clark’s cleanse twice before—once in 2006 just prior to the official start of my past life readings, and once in 2007 at the end of a 10-day juice fast that led us to move from Sedona to Sonoma County.  Both times felt potent and transformative, so I looked forward to another round this Fall.  The cleanse requires 2 days, one for fasting (or at least fat free eating) and the other for, er, releasing!  You need a bathroom nearby on Day 2 because you’ll be using it.  A lot. 

Believe it or not, July through November of 2008 remained so intense for so many people that four months had not generated the required two free days in a row for me.  A client, friend or loved one always seemed to need my emergency attention on one or more of my planned days off. The two consecutive free days finally appeared on November 4-5, and I felt so excited that I failed even to notice the dates’ significance until mid-cleanse.  After juice fasting on election Tuesday, I went to Whole Foods with my neighbor Cecilia.  At 8 p.m., I chugged Round Two of the Epsom salt/water mixture from a mason jar in the freezer aisle, hoping no one would notice my grimace.  Whew, that’s a bitter brew! 

While I stood at the check-out counter, a Whole Foods bagger danced down the aisle holding his Blackberry.  He proudly proclaimed, “It’s official!  Barack Obama won!  I just saw it online.”  “Really?” we all asked.  “So soon?  Is it real?”  People seemed tentative in their celebrations, but the general vibe changed to one of anticipation with hints of relief. 

When Cecilia had picked me up for our Whole Foods jaunt, I had been mid-email telling a friend about my liver cleanse and how it would clear residue from the super-intense work I’d facilitated for others during the last few months.  When I got home, I sat down to finish the email, but my hubby immediately called me over to hear McCain’s concession speech.  And then it hit me. 

The next day’s purge would represent even more than I’d intended.  All that bile, all those green and grey calcified stones flushing out of my system: anger, dashed hopes, congealed disappointment at the dimming of America’s light over the past seven years.  I could flush it all out fast and furiously with the help of good ole’ Hulda Clark!  And so I did.  Wednesday afternoon, some three hundred stones lighter, I could smile and relax into this new era.

I have a fair number of UK clients and friends, some of whom emailed or phoned me their congratulations, love and renewed hope.  People in Obama, Japan went wild with parties and hula dancers, and Barack Obama’s Kenyan hometown proclaimed an official holiday in his honor.  From France to South Africa to San Francisco, people rejoiced in both literal and symbolic change.  In one night, an undercurrent of fear and cynicism let loose an outpouring of love, and people have come closer to believing that maybe, just maybe this time we’ll “get it right.”  Whatever that means. 

As a planet, we’ve been here before.  Opportunities recycle.  Again and again we’ve heard about “the end times,” and yet somehow we’re still here.  Again and again we’ve heard that “the time is now,” and yet time seems to keep ticking away the same as ever. 

It’s actually ticking a lot faster now, as evidenced by the speed of thoughts, communication, travel and transmutation.  More and more people have begun to explore key factors in the evolution of our species.  Just look at things like stem cell research, telepathy (or pseudo telepathy via means like Twitter), the increased interest in raw foods, juice feasting, yoga, Reiki and meditation.  Like ‘em or not, these concepts have become increasingly mainstream.    

In the last two years, I’ve done hundreds of past life readings, and of all the periods that pop up, I’m most reminded now of the last days of Atlantis.  Please note that until I participated in so many healings related to information from Atlantis, I really didn’t believe in its existence.  Sure, it seemed remotely possible, but for a long time, I only spoke of Atlantis in context of fiction.  Certain themes continued to arise iin readings, though, and over the years, they have created a consistent picture of a society quite similar to our own: 

A world on the cusp of scientific discoveries that could alter life as we know it, for good or ill.  A world riddled with wars at the same time individuals had begun to open their hearts in unprecedented ways.  A world in which concern for the greater good had finally begun to surpass embedded racism.  A world that had nearly maxed out its current energy sources at the same time government, financial and religious institutions had revealed their inherent inadequacies.  A world of paradox:  one that faced a great deal of darkness, which encouraged people to reach inside and let their light so shine. 

Like today, DNA experiments occupied much scientific and spiritual attention in Atlantis.  I don’t claim to know all the details of either time period, but I do sense that in Atlantis, the overarching love and light seemed promising in spite of fear and anger.  Science had begun to validate spiritual ideas, and people looked forward to new worlds of possibility.  But a few details escaped our notice, and those tiny blips turned out to be important.  Vital.  By the time we realized the damage, our window of opportunity had closed.  The rest is (ancient) history.

In 2008, we hear stories about people overcoming cancer, morbid obesity, diabetes and heart disease (our biggest killers) by embracing a raw foods diet.  Within the past month, Philip McCluskey appeared on The Doctors, Ani Phyo on the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, and Cherie Soria on View from the Bay. Angela Stoke’s CNN feature became their top health clip of the entire year!  We see photographs of amazing transformations, and blogs about inspirational healing.  Raw foodists glow, embodying in many ways a radically strong, harmonious, and radiant human potential. 

Our species currently has two active strands of DNA, and many spiritual leaders posit that the other ten strands are in process of awakening.  If, by some stretch of our collective imagination, we really are evolving as a species, then raw food seems like a possible key to our Ascension. Certainly not the only key, but the raw food diet can and does open doors that normally stay shut.  

I write today not as a medical doctor, but as a medical intuitive and past life reader; however, I will let a doctor speak for me as well.  For all its glory, the raw vegan diet has a seemingly small weak link:  B-12 and/or folic acid deficiency.  For details, please read this entire article by Dr. Gabriel Cousens.  He bases his assertions on findings from multiple medical studies using foods with supposedly viable sources of B-12.  Here are some highlights of the article:

“Consistent research over the last decade has shown that vegans and live food people of all ages and sexes have a much higher risk of becoming B-12 deficient.”

“Up until this time, many of us have felt that additional supplementation for live fooders with sea vegetables or probiotic formulas was sufficient for protection against B-12 deficiency. This does not seem to be the case.”

“Many of us have felt that spirulina, Klamath Lake Algae, all the
sea vegetables had enough active B-12 to avoid a B-12 deficiency.
Although the research is not fully in, we do know that, as I pointed out in Conscious Eating, these substances do have human active B-12. The problem is they also have a significant amount of analog B-12 that competes with the human active B-12.”

The research conclusion is that: it is a reasonably safe bet that about 80% of the vegan and live food population, over time, runs the risk of a subclinical or clinical B-12 deficiency and increased homocysteine levels.”

“It is my medical opinion, as a vegan since 1973 and live fooder since 1983, and as a person committed to supporting all those who choose to become healthy live food vegans, that it would be wise to incorporate some B-12 supplementation in your diet. I believe it is more natural to be healthy than it is to be anything less than that.”

(Again, you can find the full article by Dr. Gabriel Cousens here.)

Given the role of B-12 and folic acid in DNA formation, longevity – -high homocysteine levels can cause heart attacks/strokes in young and otherwise healthy people – -, neurology, mental health, and energy, and given the tendency to poo-poo B-12 supplements, this is one detail that could potentially topple an otherwise beautiful, transformative movement.  When I have clients request B-12 tests from their doctors, those tests have always come back low.  I have one vegan friend who caught her B-12 deficiency just in time: her high blood pressure had threatened to give her a stroke in her mid-thirties! I’ve known others whose children failed to thrive, or who, as adults became suddenly and inexplicably disabled only to find B-12 deficiency the culprit.  Shazzie caught a tremendous amount of both hate and love mail earlier this year for her article about the need to supplement raw vegan children with, among other things, B-12. 

With a new American president and billions of hopeful hearts, 21st century humans have so many bright things coming our way … but B-12 matters!  It matters to our individual health, it matters to our DNA, and it matters for this planet if we want to begin living in harmony with a raw vegan diet.  We can’t afford an “extreme health lifestyle” that produces untimely deaths, emotional disturbance, failure to thrive and/or permanent neurological damage.  An Achilles heel of the raw food diet, B-12 deficiency has such a simple remedy.  Sublingual supplements or B-12 patches effectively remove the risk with minimally invasive methods. If raw food represents a key to human evolution, then don’t we owe it to ourselves and our world to give it our very best shot?

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Sat Yam Meditation for Depression/Anger/Grief Release

So many people have asked me for a copy of the meditation mentioned in my talk, “Maximize Your Brain Function,” that I’ve decided to post it here:

When grief or loss overwhelms us, we instinctively choose fight or flight–both forms of denial. According to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, denial marks the first stage of a five-part process, followed by anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. If all recovery requires a progression through at least two of these stages, then how can we move through them faster? So many of my coaching clients remain stuck because of current reactions to very old grief. They don’t want to dissect their experiences; they want to move past them. Now.

A meditation using the syllables “sat yam” (rhymes with “but” “hum”) offers a powerful way to do just that. I first discovered this ancient technique on Yogiraj Alan Finger’s wonderful CD, “Life Enhancing Meditations,” in which he leads listeners through a seated process. I found it effective in moving through my own emotions and began to share the method with clients whose reactions to grief continued to get the better of them. To my delight, they started practicing the meditation for a few minutes each day, and their anger and attachments began to fade. I’ve recommended it so many times over the years–and with such good results–that I decided to share the meditation here.

If you think of the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” this meditation gives you another option. It functions like a garbage disposal for old emotions that no longer serve us. What happens when we throw lemons in a garbage disposal? All the old, nasty smelling junk that sits in the sink and makes it stink, suddenly smells fresh. The lemon completely disappears, leaving only a fresh, invigorating scent and free-flowing water.

To begin the process, get as comfortable as you can without falling asleep. (Yogiraj Alan Finger recommends sitting upright; however, I encourage clients to use this meditation in the moment, whenever a new betrayal, loss or irritation threatens to turn into lasting grief or anger.) So, get as comfortable as you can and preferably close your eyes. Gradually bring yourself into your heart. If you can’t get out of your head, imagine a ladder descending from your brain to your heart, and step down each rung with each breath, until you can step into your heart center.

Once in your heart, concentrate on your breath, imagining it flowing directly in and out of your heart center (at the center of your chest, not actually your physical heart!). Breathe like this for a minute or so.

On your next inhalation, inhale through your heart center and imagine you’re dragging all your old grief, anger, loss, betrayal and attachments in with the breath. If you have a lot of emotions, you might imagine them wrapped in cloth that you drag in with the breath. You might also think of them as barnacles attaches to silk. Use whatever image comes to mind most easily. Inhale deeply, dragging all this old junk up to the crown (top) of your head, silently saying to yourself, “sat” (rhymes with “but”).

Once you reach the end of your inhale at the crown of your head, exhale through your crown and imagine all that old stuff releasing out the top of your head. As you exhale, silently say to yourself, the sound, “yam” (rhymes with “hum”), imagining the sound carrying away all your grief and emotions. (I like to imagine huge wings opening up to the sound “yam” and taking flight with all the things I no longer need.)

Return to your heart and repeat: inhale, dragging all the remaining emotions into your heart with the sound “sat,” dragging all that stuff up to your crown, and then releasing through the top of your head with an exhalation and the sound “yam.” Inhale, release, repeat.

(You need not worry about “polluting” the world with all these “negative” emotions, because when something releases through your crown, it undergoes a spiritual transmutation and simply becomes uncharged energy.) Continue to repeat the sat yam inhalation/exhalation process until you feel light in your heart and have difficulty finding enough “stuff” to drag in with your inhale. Once you’ve reached a good stopping point, enjoy this lighter, cleaner space of your heart and know that you can return here any time by inviting the grief into your heart, transforming it through breath and sound, and releasing it through the crown of the head.

This meditation works, in part, because it reconnects the head and the heart, reversing traditional sounds associated with their chakras. “Sat,” meaning “truth” or “true identity,” usually corresponds to the seventh chakra, while “yam” represents the sound of the fourth (or heart) chakra. By reversing these sounds, this meditation encourages consciousness in the heart and a connection between “hridaya” (gateway to the highest level of reality) and our point of union with the Divine. Head and heart become an integrated whole.

Because this meditation involves a bit of multi-tasking (concurrent breath, sound, visualization), people often wonder if they can practice isolated parts of it. “Can’t I just breathe deeply? What if i forget the sounds?” My own and others’ experiences find the whole greater than the sum of its parts in this case. Deep breathing will help anyone deal with stress, but without the mantra and visuals, deep breathing does not act as a grief eater. Deep breaths will relax you, but they will not cause “lemons” to disappear, leaving only a fresh, clean, invigorating scent. If you have trouble memorizing the instructions, record part of this article for yourself, or buy Yogiraj Alan Finger’s “Life Enhancing Meditations.” With regular practice, you’ll find it becomes natural and easy.

One client uses this technique so much, she’s turned it into a verb! “So and so really got on my nerves today, so I satyam’ed for five minutes while he was talking to me. I can see I’ll have to satyam some more because I can feel a little sadness clawing at my heart strings.” She uses the meditation proactively, as a means to avoid latching onto negative emotions. Whether used for removing old grief or to prevent future attachments, sat yam offers a powerful way to keep moving forward. By embracing grief–literally inviting it into our hearts–we allow the energy of unconditional compassion to heal our wounds. Instead of dodging the emotions, we love them. As the saying goes, “If you love something, set it free.” Love your grief, so that you CAN set it free!