I am happy to promote Carolyn Baker in her presenting…
The Gifts of Grief:Grief as Sacred Work a weekend workshop in Rhode Island this June.
Grief is an often misunderstood and repressed emotion in our society. Many indigenous tribes believe that if one does not grieve on a regular basis, then one becomes toxic to the tribe. Our lack of experiencing this emotion consciously, can be evidenced in the increased violence that we see on the news everyday.
It’s so much easier to succumb to reactive rage and not sit with that rage to let it take you to an often underlying grief. So, we often see violence instead of tears. Take a look at Baltimore. Underlying this violent rage I’m sure lies a grief that the younger generation doesn’t feel hope for the future in a society that not only discriminates but shows little promise in having a good job or a stable environment in which to live and raise a family. There is much to grieve today…losses of income or a home, loss of a loved one, our dying oceans, the extinction of many, many species everyday, natural disasters…grief is an essential element of keeping one’s system clear.