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Dr. Karen Wyatt shares the life wisdom she learned from her hospice patients as they faced their last days. Learn how to navigate life's challenges and become your best self in the process as Karen shares what she's learning from day to day on her own journey. You'll discover tools, practices, wisdom, and stories to help you figure out what really matters in your own life.

What Really Matters: Everyday Spirituality Karen Wyatt

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Dr. Karen Wyatt shares the life wisdom she learned from her hospice patients as they faced their last days. Learn how to navigate life's challenges and become your best self in the process as Karen shares what she's learning from day to day on her own journey. You'll discover tools, practices, wisdom, and stories to help you figure out what really matters in your own life.

    Ep. 17 The Dance of Life and Death Part 4: Grace

    Ep. 17 The Dance of Life and Death Part 4: Grace

    In this episode I talk about grace, which is an essential element of any dance. Learn how the many different of meanings of grace apply to both life and death and discover a daily practice that can help us prepare for the end of life with ease and dignity.

    This episode includes:


    The many definitions of “grace”.
    That grace is always given freely, not earned or deserved.
    How grace “finds us” during our darkest times of brokenness.
    Forgiveness as an act of grace.
    How I want to live and die with grace and gentleness.
    A daily practice to cultivate grace:
    G – Gratitude
    R – Release
    A – Awareness
    C – Compassion
    E – Equanimity


    "I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us."
    -Anne Lamott


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    • 43 min
    Ep. 16 The Dance of Life and Death Part 3: Rhythm

    Ep. 16 The Dance of Life and Death Part 3: Rhythm

    In this episode I talk about rhythm, which is an essential element of any dance. Learn how the rhythm of nature and the universe includes both stillness and motion, waiting and movement, and how we can find peace and hope by surrendering to this rhythm as it unfolds in the moment.



    This episode includes:


    Why it’s important that rhythm contains both stillness and movement, whether in dance, music, or the written word.
    The power of the liminal space of waiting for an uncertain outcome.
    Why spiritual growth requires learning how to return to the rhythm of nature and the universe.
    How to surrender to the natural rhythm of living and dying and why it benefits us.
    How we can discover our connection to every other being on the planet when we remain in rhythm and open to synchronicity.

    "Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress."
    -Bruce Barton


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    • 44 min
    Ep. 15 The Dance of Life and Death Part 2: Balance

    Ep. 15 The Dance of Life and Death Part 2: Balance

    This is part 2 of the series on the intertwining of life and death in a perfect dance that spirals throughout eternity. This episode covers:


    Why we cannot live fully (and in balance) if we ignore death.
    How the medical system perpetuates the separation of death from life.
    How being mindful of death helps us let go of attachments and live with equanimity.
    Practices for bringing death awareness into daily life:
    Morning gratitude practice.
    Mantra: This day is a gift.
    Notice death around you – including tragedies in the world.
    Observe the “little deaths” each day.
    Practice getting back into balance.

    Discover joie de vivre (the joy of living) and practice love through your final breath.


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    • 46 min
    Ep. 14 The Dance of Life and Death Part 1: Timing

    Ep. 14 The Dance of Life and Death Part 1: Timing

    This begins a 4-part series I call "The Dance of Life and Death." You'll learn where the title comes from when you listen! This episode includes:


    Rainer Maria Rilke’s letters to the bereaved.
    Why death and life are locked in an inseparable dance.
    How we learn slowly about death through life’s experiences.
    How to cope with the unique timing of life’s events when it doesn’t fit our hopes and expectations.
    Why even our mistakes and failures turn out to be perfect.

    We must live in both, be intimately at home in both [life and death.]
    – Rainer Maria Rilke, from The Dark Interval


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    • 50 min
    Ep. 13 How Do I Actually Love Myself?

    Ep. 13 How Do I Actually Love Myself?

    In this episode we'll look at why self-love is important and why it's so hard to do. I share poems by Alex Elle, Rupi Kaur and Nikita Gill plus a story of a self-love workshop gone wrong that turned out to be the perfect thing. Here are some suggestions from Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson for working toward healing of our self-judgment, wounds, and shame:


    Recognize the pain and shame when it arises; where is it coming from? what is the underlying wound?
    Cool down the judgment and soothe the pain of your wounds by "bringing in the good".
    Notice the positive around you.
    Experience the positive with all of your senses.
    Let the positive sink in all the way down to your inner wounds.
    Pause to notice the good wherever you are.
    Remember that little moments add up over time.

    Leave a message with your comments or your own story!


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    • 31 min
    Ep. 12 The Lotus Blossom: Why We Need the Darkness

    Ep. 12 The Lotus Blossom: Why We Need the Darkness

    This episode tells the story of the mysterious and miraculous lotus blossom and how it grows up from the mud to blossom in the sunshine every day. The lotus is a perfect symbol for our own spiritual journey and why we must embrace the darkness and explore it for opportunities to heal our old wounds and transform our lives. The poems The Well of Grief and Self Portrait by David Whyte are featured in this episode. 

    The Well of Grief by David Whyte

    Those who will not slip beneath
         the still surface on the well of grief,

    turning down through its black water
         to the place we cannot breathe,

    will never know the source from which we drink,
         the secret water, cold and clear,

    nor find in the darkness glimmering,

    the small round coins,
              thrown by those who wished for something else.


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    • 26 min

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