What We Found in Grief
The online Emotional Liberation Class has spent the month of August finding the gifts of Grief. Here are some of their stories to help you do the same:
Quite a week! I didn’t realize how big Grief and Sadness are for me. In this week’s meditation good memories that I had forgotten arose first. There WAS some good in my hard childhood. I reclaimed some beautiful parts of myself that were buried. Then I faced the pain. I broke down with sadness and crying for the losses, Since they occurred i just never stopped and allowed myself to go into that, deal with it and clear it . This is the biggest thing I’ve needed to address to be happy. Hard, but I Trust this work. I wasn’t wanting to let go of some treasured pain. When I did? Overwhelming love and empathy for myself! It was beautiful, warm and painful all at the same time. It’s okay to let go of it now. – D. S.
I’m still exploring this emotion and don’t think I’ve really come to terms with it yet. It seems so much bigger than I would have thought at first. I wouldn’t have even thought that I was living with that much grief, but every loss experienced in my life has left a mark. I have been avoiding acknowledging that. It occurs to me that because I assume everyone has experienced loss and so my loss is not “special”, that I have somehow tried to dismiss it thinking it’s not that important. But the more I get into it I realize the sweetness within it, the happy memories, the cracking open of the heart space. Even though there is a longing of things that are missed, at the same time there is gratitude of having made a connection at one time and how connected we all are. C.L.
I did this week’s grief meditation yesterday – WOW! I think I actually cleared up the grief and anger surrounding my religious upbringing and my relationship to God and all religions in one fell swoop. I had a major, major, breakthrough. I am absolutely taking this on as a 40 day practice. These last few weeks have seen HUGE breakthroughs and shifts and I am so, so grateful. – Kerri
Wow – this meditation on Grief had such an impact. I went into unresolved issues with my parent’s divorce – i left the session lighter than ever. I decided to see the positive; to bear the pain, feel it as joy. The pain is love. Enjoy the pleaseure and the pain life brings. So wonderful to feel. I have noticed that once I got facile with sadness, whenever I feel sadness coming on, I just breathe, relax, open my heart, and just start feeling love and at times reverence. The feeling of sadness is showing up to allow me to experience love – so why not just go there and enjoy it. Is this cool, or what? – Cliff
This week lots of losses in my life came up during meditation. I didn’t know that I’m so sad. There is till the sadness about losing my job, and my family being distant. But I noticed that I’m now enjoying cooking and gardening which were such a burden when I was working. Something was lost and something else gained. My grief was so big, I went to all the seven stages; from disbelief through anger and hope. Now I noticed that I’m not fighting my sadness, I just stay in it and observe it. I’m feeling stronger and more in to my teaching and personal practice – Barbara