Grief. We all experience it, yet so little is known about it. This week’s wonderful Featured Reader is aiming to change that. Meet Austin, Texas resident, Michelle Gatto.
What is your occupation?
Yoga for Grief instructor.
What are you passionate about right now?
Grief. I lost my only child in 2013. I was a trauma informed yoga instructor prior to my deepest loss. My hope is that culturally we can transition from being a therapy culture to more somatic work where we acknowledge where feelings like to reside in the body.
What is the most important thing you do every day?
Practice Yoga. Walk/acknowledge nature. Medicinal eating.
Who is your role model for Aging Boldly?
Ourselves. We should allow our kind inner parents have a say in our changing bodies. And we need to be interrupting the inner critic. For example: “You look ✨AWESOME!✨”
What’s your personal motto for Aging Boldly?
What movie/book/TV show are you loving now?
Show: Gentlemen Jack on HBO. Book: The Garden Awakening Mary Reynolds.
What countries are on your bucket list?
I love Australia! Have not seen the Northern Territory.
If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
How do you cope with the current craziness in our political world?
I limit my news time and try to be of service.
What will you be doing in 10 years?
Changing grief culture. Trying to develop groups to support one another through food, movement, art and music.
What would you tell your younger self?
Don’t be so hard on yourself. You look fine. Loose the critical mind. Keep your heart open to safe and kind people.
What did we forget to ask you?
I think that covers it!