Donna Miesbach

Donna Miesbach is an award-winning author, having received the 2013 Silver Nautilus Award for her book, From Grief to Joy, A Journey Back to Life & Living, in which she tells the moving story of her recovery from the loss of her husband and both parents in a short period of time. Other awards include being named “Inspirational Poet of the Year” by The Poet Magazine in 1985, and their “Editor’s Choice Award” in 1990.

Donna’s program, Tools for Teens, A Course in Life Skills for People on the Growing Edge, was endorsed by the Chopra Center and has found wide acceptance in both the U.S. and abroad. Her book, Trails of Stardust, Poems of Inspiration and Insight, was published in 2003. She is a featured author in Wise Women Speak, 20 Ways to Turn Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones. She also co-authored Coaching for a Bigger Win, A Playbook for Coaches, with Greg Roeszler.

Donna’s inspirational poems and articles have reached around the globe through such publications as Unity Magazine, Daily Word, Ideals, Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II, and the Cup of Comfort book series.

Ms Miesbach has studied with Dr. Deepak Chopra for almost 20 years and is one of the Chopra Center’s certified meditation and yoga instructors. She achieved the level of Quantum Explorer in Remote Viewing after training with Dr. David Morehouse, and has studied with Roger Gabriel both in the United States and in India. Donna has also completed the advanced level of intensive training in Sound Healing with Jonathan Goldman and is a member of the Sound Healers Association.

In addition to her writing and teaching, Donna is currently the in-house author for Playmakers Mentoring Foundation, and acts as the Administrative Assistant to their Executive Director.

ABOUT “FROM GRIEF TO JOY” - Donna’s story is an elegant illustration of how to recognize that, despite how it may seem, the world around you is not coming apart; it is just the turbulence that is necessary to project you into the next level of life. Do not be afraid of what this life brings you. Use it, and know that in the realm of uncertainty, your destiny is found. Donna walks this path. She has experienced it first hand, and her message is a powerful communication inspired by practice. Upon finishing this book, you will know more than you imagined possible about the power of life, faith, love and compassion. (From the Foreword by Dr. David Morehouse, Founder of Remote Viewing Technologies, and author of Psychic Spy.)

Unending Love No Comments

One of the things that makes it so difficult to adjust after losing a loved one is the absence of their physical presence, and while there is no denying that we cannot see them anymore, the love is still there, and that love is a link that cannot be broken. One could even say it is our eternal connection to each other. That love is what joins us in spirit, whether we are in the body or not. Some of my children live 1500 miles from here, and yet we are very close. Our love for each other connects us every day and makes their presence seem very real…

When Life Has Been Turned Upside Down No Comments

If someone had asked me twenty years ago what I thought I would be doing now, I can assure you my answer would have come nowhere close to where I am. I had not the slightest inkling that my beloved husband and parents would be taken from us so quickly, but life can take such sudden turns. One minute you can be at the peak of your joy, and the next minute it is snatched right out of your hands – no warning, no nothing, just gone. At least that’s how it was for me.There is no denying the shock was tremendous…

You Are Never Alone No Comments

Sometimes we think we have our life all mapped out and that we have a pretty good handle on things. We may even feel that we are in control of our life. However, if the truth were known, we would realize that we are never in control, even when it most seems like it. Evidence of that would be the fact that events do come into our life that we least expect, let alone welcome. Losing a loved one certainly falls in that category. Yet even as unwelcome as that loss may be, we can take comfort in the fact that something important is happening in our lives, that there is something we…

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Getting Through the Holidays No Comments

Years ago, when my minister told me the holidays are difficult for a lot of people, I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. Why on earth would such a joyous time be difficult? That all changed when I was working my way through the sudden loss of husband and both parents. The holidays, I quickly learned, can indeed be difficult. I also learned there are some things you can do to make them a little easier. Here are some of the things that helped me. Nurture yourself every way you can ~ in big ways and little ways, too. What brings a smile to your face? Then do it!…

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It’s About Love No Comments

In so many ways, losing a loved one changes things forever. Those special relationships can never be replaced, yet even though it feels as though we have suffered a great loss, our loved ones are still so much a part of the fabric of our lives and of who we are – and that we’ll always have, whether we can see them physically or not. The void we feel after such a loss is there for a reason. It’s giving us the time we need to work through our loss, and if we hang in there, eventually that feeling of loneliness will transform into solitude…

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Finding Our Answers No Comments

Moments of crisis have a way of bringing our focus into stark relief. They get our attention. They force us to plumb our spiritual depths. They put on the brakes and make us look at what life is really all about. Perhaps it is not this way for everyone, but that is how it has been for me. My “spiritual life” and my “working life” have always walked hand in hand. Even though there were times when one was more in the forefront than the other, they have always been like two sides of a coin, but my husband’s sudden passing…

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The Promise Of New Life No Comments

As far as we could see there were trees stripped bare of their bark, lying neatly arranged like matchsticks on the sides of the mountains. As we came around a bend, we noticed a big sign and an overlook so we stopped. The sign told us we were at the site of what had been a large lake that once had a beautiful resort overlooking it. We could see where the lake had been, but there was no lake, and there was no resort. It was hard to fathom the kind of power that could do that. Farther on there was a place…

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Re-Claiming Joy No Comments

When my husband and I first found each other, we experienced a joy unlike any we had ever known before. Many was the time we just stood in awe looking at each other, wondering how the miracle had ever happened. What we didn’t know then, and what took me many years to learn after he had passed on, was that joy is our true nature. If that is so, then how do we re-claim what is inherently within us? Seeking joy when in the throes of grief would be like reaching for the moon. At least it was for me…

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Embracing a Paradox No Comments

It seems to me that death is a paradox, for while it appears that life has ended, nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, the body dies, but our spirit does not. In fact, our spirit cannot die, because the spirit is eternal. Since life cannot end, neither do our relationships. In fact, the scope of those relationships can be much greater now that they reach beyond the seen to the unseen. There were so many “firsts” after my husband died, but the one thing that was constant was the sense of his loving presence. It just felt as though he was still here. That came as a complete surprise to me…

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Getting Through Special Occasions After a Loss No Comments

I will never forget how difficult it was to get through all the special occasions after my husband died. There were just so many “firsts,” whether it was Thanksgiving, Christmas, new babies being born, and yes, Memorial Day. Whatever the occasion was, it was hard. What I learned from that was you just have to do what you need to do to get yourself through it. For example, it had been our tradition to drive 50 miles away to the cemetery where my husband’s family graves were. We did that every single year, rain or shine…

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