This came out of a conversation happening in our online community forum in Through the Dark Woods – Real Life Skills for Navigating Grief and Trauma this morning, and I wanted to share it:
When you look around at the state of the world, without imagining that there is some positive outcome in the future, what do you feel?
There is so much beauty, isn’t there? I am in love with this Earth. From the twinkling of the stars, to birds flitting around the forest, to the feeling of the cold air on my skin, there is so much beauty.
I also can easily feel a tremendous amount of grief. It is estimated that we are losing 140 species per year on earth at this time. Diversity of language is disappearing at a similar rate. Icebergs are melting due to climate change, and this is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak.
Even if there is a happy ending, we must STILL grieve for all that is being lost. How can we not?
One way we cope with the tremendous amount of grief we probably need to be processing on a daily basis for the world is to “think positively”…. and while this may be an important coping mechanism, and I am not saying it’s wrong by any means, I think it is important to see it for what it is.
We can easily be overwhelmed by our grief for the world, and this ‘positive outlook’ is one expression of that overwhelm. In my opinion, we are living in very troubled times and the outcome is UNCERTAIN. We DON’T know what is going to happen, and we are collectively experiencing tremendous loss. Does it make us more present to pretend that isn’t true??
That is ALSO why I am so passionate about doing what I do, because I believe that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US is critical in turning things around on the Earth at this time.
I believe that grief work is what allows us to transmute our overwhelm, rage, sorrow and numbness into an aliveness that allows us to take action in an aligned way, for the highest good of all beings, including ourselves and the Earth and all her Creatures. May all beings be happy. May all beings recognize Sovereignty, together. May you find what YOU are passionate about doing in and for this world, and do it, all in good time, with brilliance.