Replenishing our spirit and mind

Have you ever struggled with your emotions on your birthday?  Missed someone you loved? Felt a need for peace and quiet?

I know I have!  Well, that is exactly what I am going to talk about on today’s CouchTalk podcast.

And guess what? On today’s Couch Talk, I’m my own guest!


Well….I taped this for you after my birthday last week…an emotional time for many reasons… and it made me realize the importance of resting our spirit and mind, and not just our body!

So that is my message for you today….

It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to!

I am  51 today but I am not out celebrating.

In fact, I am in quite a different situation.

I am tucked away at a hermitage which is a quiet retreat space .. in Washington D.C. at the Franciscan Monastery of the HolyLand.

And I am grieving the loss of both of my parents at this time of my life.

Missing my father who recently passed

I came to D.C. for my father’s interment at Arlington National Cemetery, which we had on July 26th.  My father William V. Cabeca, Jr.,  passed away April 9th, but due to a long waiting list, some 3 months, this was the earliest day for interment that we could get.

I honor all the families, and all the military men and women and their spouses, that have sacrificed so much for our country. I am truly proud to be among them. My mom was buried there nearly 20 years ago, and now my father. And so we celebrated the life of a good man.

The healing power of spiritual rest

After the interment I retreated to the monastery for some time to reflect.

I spent some time looking back, on the loss of my parents…and my earlier loss of my young son.

And also some time looking forward, as one daughter leaves home for college and I look to my current list of priorities before me.

Is it the right list? We all need to take some time and ask that of ourselves.

The quiet of the monastery, tucked away in the woods, allowed me to completely disconnect from media, mediation in the woodsworld events and office happenings.

And I focused on all the positives and gratitude that I have in my life.

We know from scientific studies and research that prayer, meditation, and even mindful wandering is beneficial to our body, mind, and spirit.

So listen in to my podcast below.

And I’ll leave you with 3 simple steps to help you get spiritually replenished and rejuvenated.

Listen here!

Not that I needed an excuse, but it’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to!

Listen in to the podcast and make sure to carve out some time to replenish your own spirit and mind. Especially important for all of you who are caregivers in particular, as you are likely not taking much time to tend to your own needs. It is very important.

COMMENTS? Let me know how YOU replenish your spirit and mind! And when was the last time you were grounded in nature?


“You’ve Got the Magic” song courtesy of Robin Nielsen.

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7 thoughts on “Replenishing our spirit and mind

  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your birthday. Both of my parents have been gone for years now, but I noted that it felt like I was suddenly advanced to the front of the line. When I became a widow, suddenly and unexpectedly about four years ago, I felt entirely differently.
    After my husband’s death, people we knew were in shock along with me, and there was an initial outpouring of condolences. That was followed by a general step back…as though widowhood was contagious. I had at the time a catering enterprise, and that was my creative outlet and extremely therapeutic. That took a dive as people assumed I needed time off.

    My five children were all just barely out of the house, save one son who is still single and with me still. Needless to say, there were adjustments aplenty in my life. During this period, a close friend challenged me on social media to a ‘thankfulness challenge’….for seven days, post things for which I was thankful. I posted for ten days.
    My relationships helped shape my character, but they don’t define me. I’m grateful for even the difficult trials, as through them I’ve amassed tremendous empathy for others and have been able to use that in a tangible way. The struggles have shown me my weaknesses, but also strengths.

    I begin each day in prayer, thankful for the blessings in my life. It sets my perspective for the day ahead. Regardless how difficult the day, there is always something to be grateful for.

    Thank you again for your post. I’m sure it will resonate with multitudes.

    1. Thank you so much for writing me and I am sorry for your losses but I hear in your message how much love and compassion you have for others. Please be good to yourself, having fun, enjoying people and things you love to do. I can understand the distance that occurs after a significant loss like this and it is unfortunate that we lose some friends but I believe that the others that form are somehow even more genuine. I have no doubt you are experiencing this as well as you resonate gratitude. Thank you again for writing me. With gratitude, Dr. Anna

  2. Thank you, Dr Anna! First I am so sorry for your losses. My parents are deceased, and my daughter passed 7 yrs, 2 months, and 12 days ago. And you know that a Mother’s grief is like no other!
    I love your simple tasks to gratitude and solitude-you are gifted!!

    1. My love goes out to you as well. Time has a new measure when we lose a child as you know so well. It warms me to hear from you and my son passed 11 years 5 months and 1 days ago. Love is a very special gift that we can keep with us. Thank you for writing me. Sending love, Dr. Anna

  3. Your warmth and sincerity are so evident in all you do and especially in this beautiful podcast. Thank you for sharing your experience and those very helpful tips.

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