Carmen Wilde

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain." –Kahlil Gibran


Grief & Loss:

  • The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief & Praise – Martin Prechtel
  • The Wild Edge of Sorrow – Francis Weller
  • The Cure For Sorrow:  A Book of Blessings For Times of Grief – Jan Richardson
  • The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion
  • The Threshold Between Loss & Revelation – Rashani Rea & Francis Weller
  • Understanding Your Grief – Alan Wolfelt



  • Women Who Run With the Wolves – Clarissa Pinkola Estes 
  • Beauty: The Invisible Embrace  – John O’Donohue
  • War and the Soul – Ed Tick
  • The Soul’s Code – James Hillman
  • The Healing Wisdom of Africa – Malidoma Some
  • Untie The Strong Woman – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Upstream – Mary Oliver
  • Why I Wake Early – Mary Oliver 
  • Sisters of the Earth – Lorraine Anderson
  • Eternal Echoes – Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong – John O-Donohue


The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks