Chapter 1-4: Releasing Grief

The Tepees, Petrified Forest National Park

I was excited. Grief had finally loosened its hold over me after a long and often painful four years. If you had told me years earlier that I would be the woman who could barely go on after her husband died, I would have laughed and said I was made of stronger stuff. But grief knocked the stuffing right out of me, and I retreated into my art and close circle of friends for love and support and headed to the mountains for solace and comfort.

I wondered how this coming journey would relate to the physical pain my husband had endured for almost twenty years. I was curious to learn more about pain and suffering and lean into compassion. It was time for me to take the plunge and learn how to expand my compassionate mind.