Loss

Sudden Passing

Mar 20, 2008 by Luann Robinson Hull
Today is the Spring Equinox and the eve of the full moon. Hallelujah! I am excited to come out of hibernation and begin communicating regularly with you again. It has been a while since we last connected. Many interesting and dramatic changes have occurred in my life since I began writing to you nearly two years ago. Throughout the scope of that time, I have continued to enjoy incredible, amazing, and serendipitous experiences, replete with all of the joy and pain that inevitably accompanies those. I have been to the heights and fallen to the very depths of my being as I open to the possibilities with which I am repeatedly gifted while attempting to open and awaken my heart and mind. (Admittedly, this exercise is done sometimes with valor, often with clumsiness, and frequently...

Peacefully Negotiating These Times

May 08, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Not long after 9-1-1 many teachers and leaders sent beautiful messages out to the world. Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ (author of Women Who Run With the Wolves) was among one of my favorites.

She stated, “My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times…In any dark hour the tendency is to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong in an un-mended world. Do not focus on that…”

Yes. And so what would help us to shift our attention away from what would appear to be a world that has really going out of whack? Since 9/11 it seems that the madness persists, threatening to continue veering us off in the wrong direction—the heinous crimes, the endless disparities between the...

Heaven Here Now

Jan 23, 2007 by Luann Robinson Hull
Today, I was invited to a discussion on the topic of Heaven and found the dialogue to be thought provoking. The focus of the talk appeared to be centered on what to do here in this realm, fraught with difficulty, despair and considerable challenge, in order to get there, presumably another realm, seen as a far better and more desirable place to be. And, of course, the primary purpose in such a paradigm is to concentrate on preparing for the next stop, which can only be accessed after physical death.

While the belief that Heaven is the reward if we just keep plugging away at “being good” is encouraging, such thinking definitely takes us out of the moment. And if we...

Looking At Loss as a Launch Pad

Jul 06, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Greetings and welcome to this week’s discussion on choosing to be happy.

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness…welcome and entertain them all… Each one may be preparing you for a new delight…”—Rumi

Most of you have experienced a significant loss in one form or another. At the time of that loss, no doubt you suffered anguish and misery. You thought those feelings would endure…maybe even indefinitely. More than likely in your most intense moments of suffering, it would have been difficult to embrace Rumi’s words (“welcome and entertain them all…”).You might have struggled to access the still place within that would have served to be your source of strength and...

Your Glorious, Fulfilled Self Remains, Even If A Beloved Person Departs

May 18, 2006 by Luann Robinson Hull
Your beloved is the one who will help you to learn more of what you need to know about yourself, more of who you are, and more of who you are becoming. It is crucial, however, for you to remember that without him (her), you will still be your glorious self, and you can still be happy. And with him (her), you have the potential to expand and grow into more happiness and fulfillment.

Remember this as you go about your business this week:

He (or she) is not Prince (or Princess) Charming. Our beloved comes into our life to join us. Not to save us.

Peace, joy and happiness to you!

Luann