Tess Lorraine: Death: A New Paradigm for Living

In our culture, aging, dying and death are often talked about in whispered and hushed tones and often viewed as an enemy to be defeated and overcome. 

But what if we had a different paradigm……one that accepts and even embraces the end of life as a passage as sacred and blessed as the birth of child?

What if we looked to death as a great teacher informing us about living fully and reminding us about who we are, the gifts we have and the potential for a legacy that goes beyond our finite years?

My guest this week on Wise Woman Storytime, Tess Lorraine offers us a new lens and worldview that transforms conventional thinking about aging, dying and the end of life with a template for the rich possibilities that this life stage can offer.

Deeply personal, Tess’s story is a universal tale.  It is what can happen within a family system as each family member comes face to face with their own attitudes, values, and belief systems as they individually and collectively care for and attend to all the needs of a dying loved one.

It is a story of how despite having end of life directives, one’s intended wishes can be misunderstood, misinterpreted and misdirected by those who love us the most.

All of us have or will eventually face the death of a loved one and certainly all of us are facing our own mortality.  Do we really know what our loved ones’ end of life wishes are?  Do we really know what we want? And have we clearly articulated our wishes both legally and informally?

Tess Lorraine’s story is a mirror for us all to look at our own lives, deaths and legacies.  There is practical information in her story about death and dying. But, perhaps more importantly, she invites us to look into the portal of death as an avenue to become our most authentic selves in life and as we are dying so that we can ensure we give those we love and ourselves the life and death we really want.

Tess Lorraine designs seminars and retreats on “Awakening to Life and Death- an in-depth approach to exploring our choices at end of life”

She facilitates Death Cafes.  https://www.facebook.com/deathcafesonoma/

You can contact her at tesslorraine@mac.com for more information.

By Roberta Teller

 

 

Jami Taback -Through the Lens of an Artist

Artist, printmaker and teacher, Jami Taback was my guest this week on Wise Woman Storytime.

Jami’s  journey has taken her to art schools around the world. She has studied  with master teachers, and has been both an enthusiastic visitor to museums and  a passionate art historian for others.

Through color, texture, illuminated light, and words  Jami examines the world, finds meaning for herself  and now through her story offers her unique lens to others.

This is a beautiful and passionate story of Jami’s journey as an artist and how her life path has shaped both her inner and outer world views.  Join us and witness art, color, light, texture, and history through her lens.

Edgar Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”  Today you will meet someone who easily could have written this quote, but would be likely to change it to……. “Art is not what you see, but what you make others and yourself see and feel.”

I invite you to listen to this visual artists’ story of her lifelong exploration and deep love and devotion to art. You may never enter a museum or view a work of art the same.

You can see Jami’s art, check out some classes and and connect with her at  jamitaback.com.

By Roberta Teller