It takes a lot of courage to turn towards our grief. Often it can feel easier to turn away or “numb out.” Even just holding curiousity about how you might be able to tend to your experience differently is a powerful step – and by being here, you are doing it.
As my teacher Francis Weller says, “We often think that if we go there, [allow ourselves to really feel our grief] we will never come back. But the truth is, if we don’t go there, we will never come back.”
We all have grief we must tend to – it is part of the nature of being alive on this planet.
That said, often it takes a major loss before we start to recognize grief in our lives. And once we cross the threshold of the initiation of grief, we can never go back.
This does NOT mean we will never feel joy or love again – quite the opposite in fact. When we can work with our grief in a good way, we renew our relationship with Soul and discover a much deeper sense of what it means to be human, including the relationship between love and grief.
The holiday season can be one of the most difficult times for grievers, and there are many reasons for this.
I recorded a podcast episode for you about this very topic as I recognize it is SUCH a challenging time for so many, and I want you to know that you are not alone in this, although it may feel like it at times.
I hope what I share is helpful for you. If you listen, I’d love to hear back from you! Let me know what helped and if anything I share surprised you.
|Through the Dark Woods of Grief Podcast
Episode #11 Grieving Through the Holidays
Our grief may feel extra heavy during the holiday season. In this episode I share some context for this that may not be obvious, an invitation to be gentle on yourself and a handful of practices and perspectives to carry you through this time.