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How do I paint words in your true colours
The seven dimensional you
On landscapes of my Heart
Gently caressing my mind

Shall I sit amid etheric webs
In timeless pulsation
Threading strands to your heart-beat
Weaving auric rainbows
To radiate as One

Or ascend summits in alpine crispness
Breathless and windswept
Majestically grounded
From heights of grandeur

Or zoom across night skies
On a zillion stars
Cosmic Stellarnauts in far flung worlds
To seek to find to shine

To scale the seven planes
To turn the seven keys
Lifetime after lifetime
Until we knowingly pass
This way before

Unravelling silver threads
Woven in timeless unity
The me in you
The you in me
Astride the vault of heaven

With fiery hearts ablaze
Cosmic twins unite
In kissfull bliss
Star by Star
Eternity to Eternity

© Sophia Tara

Photo Credit: NASA

 

A Beautiful Time To Die

Wreath gold purple 2

You always had style, my sister,
even when you had no two coins
to rub together, you managed
to put dinner on the table,
to look ever elegant,
and raise two sons
plus a husband,
on music and a smile.
I remember tripping over
cords attached to guitars,
microphones, saxophones
and drums, a veritable
chaotic musical house mess,
jam sessions together,
and the animals;
You were a true lover
of creatures great and small,
stray cats and dogs dined
with selected house pets,
you, too kind-hearted
too averse to turn them away.
Now as you lay sleeping,
I feel your loving presence
as do many mourners gathered
to celebrate your kind deeds
and the life they shared
at one time or other, with you.
The heralding of Spring
continues ever the cycle
of rebirth, warm new life;
an eternal truth that death
is only a new beginning
as the Great Wheel turns,
and in the Spring gardens
Gaia’s children come out to play,
songbirds and devas harmonising
in bursts of colour and chorus.
We weave your last wreath with flowers
of brilliant golds, purples and reds
and marvel that you chose, in true style,
a beautiful time to die.

 

© Sophia Tara

 

Preparing for a ‘Good Death’

      ~ PREPARING FOR A GOOD DEATH ~
Life is a Song. Death is a hymn. Let your voice be heard. ~ Sophia Tara

Death Cafe Wellington – Sunday 10 July 2pm-4pm
Preparing for a ‘Good Death’ – Sunday 10 July 4pm-6pm
Come to one or both. See Events Sidebar.

In the bustle of daily living, have you paused to give thought or consideration in preparing for your sacred exit and Good Death – even if you are able bodied and in good health?  Has the possibility of a sudden death by accident, misadventure or an unexpected diagnosis of terminal illness ever crossed your mind?  Are you prepared to face your own inevitable mortality?

The morbid fear of death has been the bane of human existence since time immemorial.  Some cultures have celebrated it as part of the normal cycle of life, yet many Western cultures like ours, resist facing it and live in constant fear of death.

Therefore we have no public education systems that teach us the true meaning of Life and Death and how to prepare ourselves and loved ones for its inevitability. Many churches and religious institutions offer no pragmatic or emotional support and comfort.  We are left to educate and inform ourselves and one another.

Exploring Life’s last sacred frontier of Death and Dying will be Self-Empowering and help to mitigate the fear of death.  At the end of life, a Good Death is all we can hope for – to Plan and Prepare for it in advance will be a gift to ourselves and to our loved ones.

What is a ‘Good Death’
According to well researched sources, here are 7 ‘Good Death’ Points to Ponder:

(1) To Experience as little pain as possible.
(2) To Recognize and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
(3) To Satisfy any remaining wishes that are consistent with your present condition.
(4) To Review your life to find meaning.
(5) To Give control to a trusted person, committed to ensuring the kind of death you desire.
(6) To Protect yourself from needless medical procedures that may dehumanize or demean you.
(7) To Decide how social and how alert you want to be.

What Will You Experience at this ‘Good Death’ Workshop?
* Time to reflect and think about the meaning of a Good Death
* An unique experiential exercise to help you clarify many of the 7 Good Death Points listed
* A document of your unique Good Death exercise to take home and refine over the years
* A gathering of like-spirited souls who wish for a ‘Good Death’ like yourself
* A Good Death Circle of Conversation and Sharing
* To be seen and heard with Compassion and Empathy
* Your Feelings and Needs acknowledged and honoured
* To ‘Give Sorrow Words’ and to weave a ‘Good Death’ into the Tapestry of Life
* A Song and Dance of Celebration to Life and Death

Your ‘Good Death’ Facilitator

Sophia facilitated New Zealand’s first Public Death Cafes, about death, life, and the celebration of Living and Dying in compassionate community.  She initiated and founded the Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) grassroots movement in the Wellington Region, and trained with the founder of NVC, the late Dr Marshall Rosenberg, Robert Gonzales of Living Compassion and many trainers from USA, UK and Australia.

Sophia is an experienced Compassionate Communication and Empathy teacher for nearly 12 years.  She has facilitated many workshops over the years on Grief and Mourning, Guilt and Shame, Anger and Depression, to help mitigate the changing landscape of life’s trials, tribulations and unexpressed grief.  This personal and/or family loss may be due to the death of a beloved family member or friend, a cherished pet, separation, divorce, children leaving home, bullying, loss or change of residence, redundancy, business liquidation or bankruptcy.

Sophia has facilitated workshops on Self-Compassion, Empathy and Compassion for others within the larger framework of ‘Transforming Planetary Despair’ exploring and “Feeling the pain of the world” repressed fear, isolation and despair for our global future.

She has also facilitated a wide range of workshops for community activists, spiritual and social change makers, including the Waldorf-Steiner community, Intentional Living groups, Buddhist and Spiritual centres, Peace Movement Aotearoa, Occupy NZ, Inter/national Peace and Disarmament groups, alternative Adult Education, teachers and parents in school communities, and the general public.  She deeply resonates with the Spirituality of NVC and an abiding empathy for First Nations.

Book & Pay 
$20 towards venue costs, refreshments and resources.
You can also bring your cash with you on the day.

Please deposit into the following account with ‘Good Death’ and your name as reference: 
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

Enquiries/bookings email Sophia:
 sophiatara8@gmail.com
OR Phone/Text: 027 345 2010
OR RSVP on this Meetup page Preparing for a Good Death  

Venue:  
Trinity Union Church
11 Hall Avenue (off Hall Street)
Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand

Instructions for the Trinity Union Church venue: 
Pedestrian and car access through Hall Avenue (off Hall Street), just up the road from Pita Pit opposite Newtown School, next block down from Wellington Hospital going south. Look up Hall Street and you’ll see “Hall Avenue” clearly marked with a white signpost. The church is located in a back section of Hall Avenue. Plenty of free car parks at the church. If you’re catching a bus from the city, get off at the Wellington Hospital bus stop and walk to Hall Street – Hall Avenue is off that.  Here is a google map  https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=100+Riddiford+Street,+Newtown,+Wellington,+nz

Facebook:
Death Cafe Wellington New Zealand

Group Facebook Page:
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Twitter:
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Death Cafe Wellington

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We launched the 1st ever Death Cafe in Wellington on 30 March 2014 and the 1st ever Public Death Cafe held in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Death Cafe Wellington – Sunday 10 July 2pm-4pm
Preparing for a ‘Good Death’ – Sunday 10 July 4pm-6pm
Come to one or both. See Events Sidebar.

We meet at the Trinity Union Church, 11 Hall Avenue (off Hall Street), Newtown, Wellington to exchange conversations about Life & Death, to ponder, wonder and celebrate the Art of Living and Dying in compassionate community. Come on down and share your thoughts, anxieties, fears, stories, and enjoy an afternoon conversing and mingling with like-spirited warm-hearted people. Let’s take death gently out of the closet and make a friend, not a foe, of this inevitable companion to us all!

Death Cafe allows people to talk about death and grief, but also sparks those conversations about life. These conversations will be free from ideology. A Death Cafe principle is not to lead participants towards any conclusion about life, death or life after death, apart from their own thoughts. Our conversations will be respectful to all. These conversations will be compassionate and empathic in supporting everyone to express themselves in a non-judgemental safe environment and sacred space.

Death Cafe is an open forum for the public to discuss any issues surrounding life and death. The goal is to encourage people to feel comfortable with the topic of death and dying. From the day we are born, we know not when this hour may be our last. We never know when death will come to any of us, so taking time to ponder and to be heard, to be prepared and have knowledge to make individual unique choices of our desired exit, is a blessed gift to ourselves and loved ones.

Calling all Explorers of Life & Death Who wants to think about death? Not many people, but we do. It’s part of the cycle of life. Society doesn’t make it easy to talk about death. The key is getting over our death anxieties and to enrich the quality of our lives. What do we want to do with our lives? What do we want to accomplish most? How do we want to be remembered? Such questions encourage us to face our own mortality and to live each day more fully.

We welcome everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, faith, creed, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic class, or any other humanade condition. We are creating a sacred space where people can come to experience connection to one another in sharing their fears about death, and their stories about life. It is a celebration to living and dying as a natural cycle of existence.

Tea and Cake are served to sweeten the shared conversations. Come join us.
Suggested Donation of $10 per person will help us with cost of venue, refreshments, resources – received with heart-felt gratitude 🙂

Your Death Cafe Facilitator
Sophia is an experienced Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer and Compassion & Empathy teacher for nearly 12 years. She has facilitated Death Cafes and workshops over the years on Grief and Mourning, Guilt and Shame, Anger and Depression, to help mitigate the changing landscape of life’s trials, tribulations and unexpressed grief. This personal and/or family loss may be due to the death of a beloved family member, friend or colleague, or a cherished pet.

Book & Pay or bring your cash with you: 
Suggested Donation: $10 towards venue costs, refreshments, resources.

Please deposit into the following account:
Trading Bank: Kiwibank
Name of Account: Spirit of Peace
Account Number: 38-9006-0358290-00

Enquiries/bookings email Sophia: sophiatara8@gmail.com
OR Phone/Text: 027 345 2010
OR RSVP on this Meetup Death Café Wellington

Venue:  
Trinity Union Church
11 Hall Avenue (off Hall Street)
Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand

Instructions for the Trinity Union Church venue: 
Pedestrian and car access through Hall Avenue (off Hall Street), just up the road from Pita Pit opposite Newtown School, next block down from Wellington Hospital going south. Look up Hall Street and you’ll see “Hall Avenue” clearly marked with a white signpost.  The church is located in a back section of Hall Avenue. Plenty of free car parks at the church.  If you’re catching a bus from the city, get off at the Wellington Hospital bus stop and walk to Hall Street – Hall Avenue is off that.  Here is a google map  https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=100+Riddiford+Street,+Newtown,+Wellington,+nz

Facebook:
Death Cafe Wellington New Zealand

Group Facebook Page:
Death Cafe New Zealand

Twitter:
Death Cafe Wellington NZ

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Love Life & Death

LOVE LIFE & DEATH synthesises ideas, concepts, information and strategies to offer an active vision of 21st century Education. Planet Earth entered the Age of Aquarius in 2009. It is the Age of Unity, Synthesis, Brotherhood and Sisterhood. The cosmic magnet and Aquarian energies sweep all before it. The Soul of Humanity has come of age! Increasingly we will comprehend our innate raison d’etre within the Divine Plan. The Science of the Soul will be recognised and accepted as the indwelling divinity that unites all of creation.

Soul Education will ensue in earnest, for it holds the key to our purpose in Life, our understanding of Death and Rebirth, and a comprehensive awareness of the immutable universal Law of Cause and Effect (Karma).

Gradually the evolution of consciousness will proceed accordingly; war, hunger and poverty will end; we will increasingly re-cognise each other as Souls in incarnation. With this conscious awareness, we will actively demonstrate the Divine Soul qualities of Love, Wisdom, Joy, Unity, Sharing, Compassion, Empathy, and become World Citizens, responsible for the restoration and custodianship of Planet Earth – our Home.

Soul Heart

In preparation for the Era of the Soul and the Age of Love, we offer courses, public talks, lectures and workshops on the following:
* Science of the Soul – constitution of humanity
* Soul Psychology – the 7 Rays of Energy
* Soul Purpose – your Soul Ray sweet spot
* Soul Doulaship – comfort & support for the death journey home
* Death Cafes – minimise the fear of death
* The Art of Death & Dying – a good death
* Transmission Meditation – global group service Network of Light
* The World Teacher For All Humanity – He Is Here!
* UFO & Crop Circle Mystery – we are not alone
* Compassionate Nonviolent Communication (NVC) – Speak Peace in a World of Conflict
* Empathy Matters – develop Emotional Intelligence
* Empathy Cafes – community connection & support
* “Bully” Busters – busting with Empathy & Compassion
* Ukuleles for Peace – community building with music, fun & play

We welcome all individual and group enquiries for facilitating workshops in your communities, presenting public talks and delivering lectures/seminars on any of the above subjects.

We will be working towards global webinars and opportunities for online courses, presentations and discussions.

WEBSITE: http://lovelifeanddeath.com/       Love Life & Death Banner