How have I practiced Abundant Living After Catastrophe?

How can you practice it?

The answer varies with each catastrophe, each person, and the individual’s character, preferences, age, stage of life and abilities.

Examples from my own life:

– After divorce, I was active in:

  • work
  • sports (soccer, running)
  • volunteering (local schools, church)

– After Katie’s passing I was active in:

  • founding Katie’s Comforters Guild
  • sewing
  • writing
  • raising awareness about pediatric cancer & grief issues
  • raising funds for charity
  • prayer
  • regular walking (3 – 6 miles a day)

Other ideas:

– journaling

– art, crafts such as

  • knitting, crocheting, needlework
  • collages
  • wreaths
  • jewelry
  • pottery
  • candles
  • painting
  • sculpture, carving

– exercise, especially walking

– volunteering

– seeking a way to give to others who are in need

– meditation

We will explore many avenues for practicing Abundant Living After Catastrophe in this section.

“Refuse to fall down. If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down. If you cannot refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven, and like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled, and it will be filled. You may be pushed down. You may be kept from rising. But no one can keep you from lifting your heart toward heaven.”
– Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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