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Posted By Opening the Heart

I had tears today as I watched the TV coverage about the death of Senator Ted Kennedy. I had never met him face to face but, being a long time resident of Massachusetts, I always had a sense of proximity - of him just 'being there.' I felt a surpizingly deep sense of loss. 

I was a young student at college in London when JFK was shot. I was just a couple of years into my first teaching career when RFK was assassinated. The years since I came to the States have been punctuated with Kennedy family trajedies, achievements, scandals, successes and failures but Teddy was always there - the ultimate survivor and wonder-worker. Now, in one month, both the matriarch and the patriarch of this extraordinary family have died leaving a resounding vacancy.

Like colorful characters appearing in the early chapters of a novel the Kennedy brothers came to be an enduring and welcome presence in my life story. Now the death of the last brother makes me sad, but also inspires the question: how many more chapters do I have and how will I choose to use the time that is left to me?

Opening the Heart Workshop™ staff send condolences to the Kennedy family and wish them great love as they grieve ther loss.

May all beings be at peace.


Posted By Opening the Heart

For several months I have been following and supporting the wide ranging activities of The Elders.


The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, whose mission is to offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.


It is a priviledge for the Opening the Heart Workshop™ team to support the mission of this wise, multi-cultural and open-hearted organization.


The Elders website is at:


And here is a video about their vision:



Posted By Opening the Heart

Coincidental with our approaching Opening the Heart to Grief Workshop, a dear friend and long time Opening the Heart Workshop colleague - Justin Freed - recently introduced me to Claudine Bing.

Claudine is a well known and respected Boston artist who has published a book documenting her mother’s death and the subsequent journey through grief to healing.


I am left here all alone

An accomplished colorist, Claudine skillfully and thoughtfully manipulates her color choices to express a range of feelings from the dark confusion of loss through the gradual process of regaining the world and its restorative hues and finding her mother’s spirit within herself. Throughout the book, pictures and text fit seamlessly together, beautifully complementing each other as they develop a narrative of the journey of grief.


Claudine Bing Image


Some more images and information about ordering the book can be seen at:


I will bring a copy with me to the workshop.

Posted By Opening the Heart

Robert and Judith who originated the first versions of the Opening the Heart Workshop™ in the late 1970s continue to share their wisdom and love in a workshop for couples called Sharing the Path. My OTH co-leader Donna and I have had the priviledge of assisting them in many of these workshops. In this short video they talk about their work with couples.


More information about Robert and Judith's Sharing the Path Workshops can be found here:

Posted By Opening the Heart

The workshop is just over a month away and people are rapidly signing up. This powerful healing experience is an incredible bargain at $50 - including continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Follow the link in the left side-bar to access registration at the Avow Hospice website.

To read more details about the workshop download a pdf of the full brochure at:

Posted By Opening the Heart

If you are a Facebook afficionado you will be excited to know that we have 'gone with the flow' (or 'bowed to the inevitable') and created a group on Facebook where everyone can keep track of news and informational links about our latest workshops. You'll find it at: