A new Gratitude workshop, writing about Love and Loss + more from Caren Osten

Unclench your fists.
Lower your shoulders.
Step away.
Come back with a clear mañana, 
redouble your efforts.
I believe in you.

—Lin-Manual Miranda

I love the fall. The changing colors, the crisp air, the smell and light from a roaring fire. Autumn inspires me to settle down, get cozy, and look inward. Leading up to Thanksgiving is an ideal time to pause and take stock of the things for which we are most grateful. Below is a taste of what I’ve been up to, and a bit of what’s to come…

In the spirit of thanks and giving, I am offering a gratis, one-time workshop called #GRATITUDE—part of a new “Peace + Positivity” series. In a trusting, safe circle, we will focus on the importance of noticing, savoring and acknowledging what is good in our lives. We will learn and share about gratitude—the science, benefits, our experiences—and engage in interactive discussions and activities.

In a poem by Meritt Malloy, she writes, “Love doesn’t die, people do.”

In my recent piece for PsychologyToday, How Do We Move Forward After Losing the People We Love?, I explore some of the paths for holding onto love after loss, and ways to see a touch of light in the darkness. And many thanks to the editors at Better After 50, who reposted the article on their website.

I was honored to do an alumni interview last month for my undergraduate alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication. It was fun to ponder questions relating to my college major, and how it has fueled my career as a writer and life coach.

In a poem by Meritt Malloy, she writes, “Love doesn’t die, people do.”

In case you missed this special edition of Mindful, I’ve written three articles aimed at educating readers about the current state of mindfulness in education. The section covers the latest research and science, profiles of five mindfulness educators—one of whom is my dear friend, Cheryl Brause of 2bpresent—and lastly, a “how-to” guide for parents and teachers interested in bringing mindfulness into their school or child’s classroom.

Have a peaceful Thanksgiving.

In gratitude,