The Soul of Grieving

[Photo credit: Pixabay]

I lost of my beautiful mother on July 27th 2021, and I find myself in a profoundly transitional time. A time where I am re-valuing everything in my life.

Sometimes the unexpected happens when grieving the loss of someone so important in your life.

After her passing, I started going through a lot of old photo albums. I cleared out all my closets and went through every single photo in my entire home, re-living some very interesting moments from my childhood, my teenage years, my 20’s, 30’s… It’s been an interesting journey back in time…

It feels very much like a life review. When you cross to the other side, you spend a period of time doing what’s called a life review. You re-live your entire life. Every interaction and experience you’ve ever had, you re-live. You see it all through the eye of your soul, through the prism your infinite consciousness. Every aspect of the now moments are re-lived, and re-viewed through the spectrum of an unlimited dimension.

You see with love and detachment. You understand at the soul level what lessons you’ve learned and what lessons you still need to work on.

Immediately after my mother passed away, I had the sense that, instead of her being in only one place on this earth, in her body and in her apartment, I had the strong feeling that she was now everywhere in the Universe.

I was watching a beautiful video by Eckhart Tolle where he said something that makes the most sense to me:

The form obscures God

And the death of the from enables God

The formless shines through

where there was form

That is what happens at the spiritual level. Through the death of the form – the body, the person who passes – Spirit shines through. The light shines through. The formless part connected to the form… shines through.

During the life review that occurs after losing someone dear to us, what begins to happen in the grieving process is a combination of this connection with the formless part of our form, the spirit part that is connected to our body and our life, and the new insights this perspective gives us. This shifts us when we look at our entire life as a whole existence.

There are many gifts that come with grieving. Grieving is a very difficult, challenging, hard thing to go through, but at the same time there are some beautiful gifts that can come from it.

One of the gifts is that our heart is so open, so vulnerable, that this opens a spiritual doorway towards true surrender and trust in a power greater than ourselves.

Through my own grieving, I was gifted a beautiful insight and vision. I experienced my own immortal self, my ageless self, my timeless, limitless spirit.

These gifts can directly help to heal what you didn’t know needed healing. Things like self-esteem, comparing yourself to others, or certain false values being exposed. You start seeing that what you thought mattered to you, whether it’s possessions, success, financial abundance, or even how others view you, these begin to be put into a spiritual context.

In the grieving process, that open-heart vulnerability brings to light what truly matters to you.

Every soul is different. Every human being is different. This is a great opportunity to reassess life with a new view. With new eyes. With fresh perspectives.

This can be very challenging as it may trigger the beginning of a spiritual awakening. Through the deep pain of loss, heart opening, vulnerability and life review, as well as through this new connection to the limitless soul now being felt after the death of a loved-one, a profound shift can feel like the shattering of your former life.

While there’s no denying that saying goodbye at the physical level is profoundly painful, there are also great gifts that come the moment the formless can be fully experienced, when a cherished loved-one has transitioned. There are spiritual gifts that can come from the depth of the grieving experience.

For me, the greatest gift that came from that, is feeling that connection with my mother at a much deeper, infinite level.

She truly is everywhere, at all times, now.

What I retain most from my photo album life-review, is the profound gifts that come from being present. Truly present. Present to this moment. Fully taking in the life that is being experienced with every cherished being that we love.

Only in the present moment can we experience the spirit in the body, the fullness of our loved-ones. To be present to another is the greatest gift we can give them.

As they transition, that spirit connection and presence we had during their life will be the greatest gift that lives on forever in our heart and soul.

And this is where my beautiful mother’s spirit now lives… forever in my soul.

©Michèle Duquet, all rights reserved
Photo credit: Pixabay from Pexels

[Spoken video version of this post on my YouTube channel]

Today’s Soul Whisper… what affects our inner peace?

person doing yoga

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

It is not what happens to us
that affects our inner peace.
It’s whether or not we accept
the present moment
as an integral part
of our human/soul journey.

 

– Michèle 💖
©Michèle Duquet, all rights reserved

 

 

 

Today’s Heart Whisper… a special message of love & gratitude 💖

love heart romantic romance

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

This is the first day.

A new day, a new beginning.

My heart is full, so full, thanks to you.

I read your beautiful words, and sense your beautiful touch.

You fill my life with love by just being you. You. You!

I thank you for your courage to write, to express, to create.

Please stay true to you.

From the bottom of my heart,

I thank you.

Wishing you love, joy, creativity and freedom of expression in 2019!

Michèle 💖xo

My New Year’s Day gift from WordPress:

500 followers

Indie Blu(e) Publishing Announces the Release of We Will Not Be Silenced

I am so honored and humbled to be a part of this incredible project. An essay I penned on my experiences during my modeling days is being published in this anthology. So proud to be one voice among the many who will not be silenced.

From Indie Blu(e) Publishing in the US.

Please consider making a purchase: From the editors “70% of the royalties raised above the publishing and promotion costs will be donated to organizations that provide services to sexual harassment and sexual assault survivors.”

Purchasing links: Amazon CanadaAmazon US
(I will officially be a published writer!!! 💖💕🤗 Dreams do come true!!!)
Image may contain: 1 person, text

 

We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Prose, Essay, and Art is the brainchild of Kindra M. Austin, Candice Louisa Daquin, Rachel Finch, and Christine E. Ray. The four indie writers and survivors felt compelled to do something after the strongly triggering Kavanaugh Confirmation […]

via Indie Blu(e) Publishing Announces the Release of We Will Not Be Silenced — INDIE BLU(E)

❣️❤️🌟400 Followers!!🌟Thank you!!!🌟❤️❣️

close up of heart shape

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com

400 followers!!

Back in January 2018, when I only had 80 followers, and when I decided to spread my message of optimism, inspiration and joy through this blogging community, I never imagined that in such a short time I’d have fallen in love with all of you, or that you’d be so kind to me in return…

close up of heart shape

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Thank you for your follow!

Thank you for all your amazing comments!

Thank you for your ‘likes’ and beautiful support!

My soul is smiling right now because I had the courage to put myself out there and that I found new friends along the way.

My heart is very full today. Thank you , thank you, thank you.

Much love and light,

Michèle 💖💕❣️xoxo

red love heart

Photo by Mariette de Villiers on Pexels.com

Liebster Award!! 🌸

liebster-award

Thank you so much, beautiful Amira, for this wonderful award nomination!!! I am so honored that you would recognize my blog in this way.

🌸🌸🌸 I deeply appreciate it 🌸🌸🌸

Please visit Amira’s wonderful blog HERE. Amira is a lovely spirit with a beautiful soul. Her posts are full of life, love and joy. Enjoy!

 

About the Award:

The Liebster Award is a symbolic award given by some bloggers to others, in order to show recognition and publicize/discover new amazing blogs.

 

Rules of the Award:

1- Thank and link the person who nominated you.

2- Answer 11 random facts about yourself

3- Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator

4- Nominate up to 11 other bloggers who have 1000 followers or less on their blog

5- Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer

6- Let the nominees know your blog post is up

 

11 Random Facts about Me:

Version 2

1- I love my morning coffee (organic coffee of course ☕️)

2- I meditate every morning (before having my aforementioned coffee 😉)

3- I’m a bit of a techno geek 🤓

4- I’m a bit of a girly-girl 🌸💋

5- I definitely overuse emojies but I find myself quite unapologetic about it 🙃🤣😘

6- l am vegan but veganism is not my religion

7- I don’t feed my dog a vegan diet

8- l secretly think my dog is human (aka my “daughter”)

9- l love to make people laugh, and I love to laugh. So, I laugh a lot.

10- My heart is easily filled with joy

11- I am a natural optimist

 

Questions AskedJust state 15 random facts about you.

🌸 Ok so 4 more 🌸

Version 3

12- I’m a certified aromatologist (fancy word for someone who is an expert in all things having to do essential oils – including their organic chemistry)

13- I have a perfumer’s “nose” and create my own signature organic perfumes.

14- I am a synesthete (someone who experiences synesthesia).

15- My favorite book of all time is Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels

 

My Questions for my nominees:

The same question I received: state 15 random facts about you.

My Nominees:

For this award, I follow the rule and nominate up to 11 other bloggers who have 1000 followers or less on their blog. Please visit their wonderful blogs!

 

 Congratulations to the following 5 worthy nominees:

1- https://ellesecrit.wordpress.com

2- https://onelightonesource.com

3- https://jumbledletters15.wordpress.com

4- https://dancingalone530.com/

5- https://wordswithannie.wordpress.com/

 

A big thank you to this wonderful blogging community. Every day you help make this blogging village one of my favorite happy places to visit, where I get to connect with beautiful soul-friends.

Thanks for stopping by for a friendly chat & a good cuppa java.

Much love,

Michèle 💖🌸

aroma beverage breakfast brown

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

 

Blogger Recognition Award #2!

blogger-recognition.2

 

I am so honored and humbled to have received my 2nd Blogger Recognition Award nomination. I was nominated by a wonderfully diverse blogger, Didi, whose blog is full of creativity, depth, wisdom, spirituality and love. I am very touched!

Please do visit Didi’s blog here!

I hadn’t realized that I received this nomination from Didi at the same time as the one from Amira. The message had inadvertently gone to my spam folder, glad I caught it!! Given that they arrived at the same time, I will add this one onto the previous one if you’ll permit me to do that.

I will add one more nominee to the list because one of my nominees advised me that her blog was award-free. I try my best to check before sending out my nominations but I missed that one! Oops!!

You can view my answers and nominations on my awards page.

Thank you again for everyone’s support and love. This blogging community touches my heart and soul in a very special way. You show me the goodness and beauty of people, everyday. Your words, thoughts and authenticity inspire me to be and do better. I aspire to live up to the recognition I’ve received.

Thank  you, thank you, thank you!!!

🦋 I feel our oneness 🦋

– Michèle 🦋🌸

 

 

The Blogger Recognition Award!

blogger recognition award logo

I’m very honored to be nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Amira!

Thank you so much Amira for this lovely and joyous surprise!

Do check out her blog: Body and Soul Nourishment. You’ll find posts that are uplifting and thought-provoking, and re-blogs that are always well-chosen.

Please click on this link or my ‘Awards‘ page for further details on this award, such as my comments about my blogging experience and my list of nominees.

Thank you again! Much Love!!

Michèle 💖xo