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Heather Stang
Works at Frederick Meditation Center
Attended St. Mary's College of Maryland
Lives in Frederick, MD
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One of the main mindfulness myths is that its outcome is always relaxation/zoning out. And while being mindful means that you can observe the moment and feel more capable of truly relaxing, it also equips you with the skills to handle life's more challenging experiences. 
So while mindfulness does not equal relaxation, it invites relaxation. Grief Quotes by Heather Stang.
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Give Your Mind A Break With Focus Meditation Many of us experience grief as a mental fog. It is normal to feel scattered and forgetful – so go easy on yourself. Just like the warning label on many prescription drugs, it might be a good idea to steer clear of operating a car or any …
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Vision Board For Life After Loss

Nothing can interrupt a dream like the death of a loved one. Our life’s narrative not only takes an unexpected turn, but it can feel as if our story has ended. In reality, our story does continue, albeit not as we expected. We know as people who have loved and lost (and from contemporary grief research) that the relationship with our beloved does not end, and continuing bonds not only bring us comfort, but also help us adjust to life after loss.

At some point—maybe it is today—we will raise our head up and look towards our future. Once we have learned to cope with our life after loss, we choose to create the life we desire. So go ahead. Dream for yourself once more, while carrying your dear one close to your heart.
When you were a child, did anyone ask you “what do you want to be when you grow up?” If so, what did you answer? Most of us had grand visions for our future—we did not set limits on what we could accomplish. Our imagination was free to roam wild, unburdened by what Mike Dooley …
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Healing Grief  - 
 
The easiest way to cope with grief stress is to start with your body. While we can not control what has happened in our life, meditation can help our body rest & let go of tension. This will reduce some of your suffering, and create space for your heart and mind to integrate this difficult loss. 
Few of us are taught how to cope with day-to-day stress, much less grief. Fortunately, anyone can learn how to turn the stress switch to "off," even during the most troubling of times. Grief Quotes by Heather Stang.
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My Intention

Discovering mindfulness was a powerful moment for me. I suddenly arrived in my body, and knew I had a tool that would help me process life's difficult emotions.
Follow me The better I got to know myself through mindfulness practice, the more I knew I wanted to help others reduce their suffering.” – Heather Stang From Mindfulness & Grief, Page 8. Related
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Documentary Explores Meditation & Grief in Young Adulthood

+Learning To Fall is a coming of age documentary exploring loss, vulnerability, & growth during young adulthood produced by Niccole Osborn. This is her story.
Leaning to Fall is a documentary exploring grief in young adulthood. This is the story of producer Niccole Osborn, in her own words.
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This online grief support program is different.

We know that time does not, in fact, heal all wounds - it is what you do with the time that matters. My online grief support focuses on mindfulness-based activities, such as meditation, journaling prompts, and self-reflection exercises that I offer to my students who attend my classes in person at the Frederick Meditation Center.

Check out the three online grief support offerings below which will help you cope with grief, reduce your suffering, and get to know yourself better in the process. http://mindfulnessandgrief.com/online-grief-support/
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Were You Two Close? Reflections on the Death of my Virtual Father

My step-father died on May 28th 7 years ago. This is my essay on love, loss, and this one question that gets asked over and over again.

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My dad and i didn't have the best of relationship growing up. I even pictured him as a wear wolf for years. Since he passed, i have come to realize that i wanted the relationship worse than i thought and now it is to late. I have also learned about his upbringing, which helped explain the way he raised us three boys.
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Equanimity & Distractions During Meditation

Equanimity is the ability to be with what is happening–whether it is pleasurable, unpleasurable or neutral—without reacting to it one way or another. It is one of the four _brahmavihāras_—the sublime attitudes of Buddhism—along with lovingkindness, compassion, and empathetic joy.


I like to think of cultivating equanimity as similar to lifting weights at the gym. Each time you invite your mind back to the present when it wanders, and each time you simply receive sensory input without reacting, it is as if you are lifting weights for your brain.
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The evermost important part of walking the path to self realization.
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Grief is not a Pathology or Illness

Understanding grief as anything but natural denies the reality of the situation. Grief is not an illness to be cured, but a very real part of being human.
Grief, after all, is not a pathology or an illness. It is a natural part of life that causes us to experience suffering. Grief Quotes by Heather Stang.
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I hope you enjoy my latest piece! <3
I know you’re hurting that’s why I want to share something with you - Your wound has created a unique opportunity to act in a way and from a source of energy that holds infinite power (I know it doesn’t feel that way, I’ve been there too). When we are wounded at the most intimate level of how we identify ourselves in the world (as mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters and friends) we have a choice – let the heat of the fire burn us...
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Meditations for Grief

First we tend to the body of grief, then cope with difficult emotions and cultivate loving-kindness.

Meditations for grief led by Heather Stang & developed to help your body, mind and spirit cope with your loss available for free download.
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Mindfulness Speaker & Author
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Writing, Public Speaking, Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga & Journaling Instruction
Employment
  • Frederick Meditation Center
    Founder, 2014 - present
    The Frederick Meditation Center offers Mindfulness Meditation instruction, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and compassionate counseling. Visit http://frederickmeditation.com for class and retreat schedule.
  • Mindfulness & Grief
    Author & Group Facilitator, 2010 - present
    Heather is the author of Mindfulness & Grief, based on the 8-week program she developed and facilitates, which includes meditation, yoga and journaling exercises.
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Mindfulness Speaker, Author of Mindfulness & Grief, Thanatologist, Mindfulness Meditaition Instructor & Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner
Introduction

Heather Stang, MA is the author of Mindfulness and Grief, a book based on the 8 week groups she developed. She earned a Masters in Thanatology (Death, Dying & Bereavement) from Hood College in 2010, and is a mindfulness meditation instructor and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner.

Her focus is on helping the bereaved stay healthy and increase immune functioning through mindfulness based practices, relaxation and expressive arts.

She currently serves as the Networking Chair for the Association of Death Education and Counseling, and is the founder of the Frederick Meditation Center in Frederick, Md..

Education
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
    Art History, 1996
    Focus on Pre-Raphaelite Art; Winner of the Vasari Prize 1996
  • Hood College
    Thanatology, 2010
    The Study of Death & Dying
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Heather Whittington
Octavo Designs is my go-to branding team. When I left the business world and launched my holistic business, Sue and her team developed a brochure that quickly positioned me as an expert. Since then I have called upon their graphic design expertise to brand my Meditation Center with a fantastic logo, that graces all of our marketing materials and looks great on our promotional t-shirts. I unequivocally can recommend Octavo Designs.
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