Life, Death, and a Whole Lot of Gratitude

Conversations from the Heart - August 19th 2022

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Gratitude, Love, Family, Healing

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

It’s heartbreaking but it’s inevitable - at some point in our lives we will all move through grief, loss and death.

If this is close to your heart right now, today’s episode holds a beautiful epiphany for you.

After a morning paddle boarding on the lake, Rachel was left feeling so alive. Death has felt very present in her life lately - but sometimes, it’s that closeness with death that allows you to be deeply present in every moment. She shares the story of her dog, Laika, and the scary experience that brought her to the emergency vet this week. As Laika nears the end of her life, Rachel discusses how to navigate grief, how to gently broach the topic with your children, and how to not waste your one precious life.

There is aliveness all around you, from the plants in your garden to the buzzing bees and the people and pets you love the most. Tune in to remember what it is that you truly live for.

Key Takeaways

  • The little heartbreaks in life can help prepare us for the big unknowns that we can neither prepare for or protect ourselves from.
  • Don’t take your aliveness for granted. Anchor into the practices that remind you what it’s like to love, to breathe, and to be truly here. That is the greatest blessing.
  • It’s a combination of being in our bodies, movement, and nature that pulls our consciousness into the here and now.
  • When things feel dark, remember there is so much life around you. You have happy, healthy people in your love who love you.