Grief, Covid-Style

By: Teresa Amaral Beshwate, MPH Not long ago, Covid-19 was not in our vernacular, yet today it dominates life around the globe. Covid has brought significant losses. In some cases, the loss of a loved one, and for many, the loss of employment, senior year in high school, the freedom to gather, a normal schedule, physical contact, free time, weddings, graduations […]

Moving Through Emotions

Many of us are feeling a myriad of emotions right now, including grief, loss, sadness, anger, fear, anxiety and frustration. We may not have even identified what and how we are feeling because our circumstances are dramatically different from what we are used to. For that reason, we’d like to share a brief meditation from MPL team member, Danielle Palli. […]

Alone but Not Lonely (In Times of Isolation)

By: Danielle Palli Under normal conditions (i.e. when we’re not dealing with a global pandemic), I love being alone. I enjoy silent walks on the beach, doing yoga and meditation out on the lanai, practicing the piano or working on my novel. I can do these activities without talking to a single person all day – and without feeling the […]

Nature Necessities

By: Teresa Amaral Beshwate John Muir, mountaineer and father of the national parks famously wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” Although John Muir lived only until 1914, his words could not be truer today.  Humans were officially deemed an “urban species” […]

Mindful Aging: The Power of Presence

By: Cera Meintzer “Wherever you put the mind, the body will follow,” Chaplain Jim Kok, Executive Director of Chaplain Services at Christian Living Communities, told us. He began his presentation on mindful aging by citing the work of researcher Ellen Langer. In the ’90s, Langer studied the mind-body connection and specifically how your thoughts and beliefs affect your physical experience […]