honouring our grief – connecting to our care
Questioner: “What do we need to do to save our world.”
Thich Nhat Hanh: “What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying.”
Many of us feel scared to open to the truth of our time for fear of being overwhelmed by despair and a sense of powerlessness. We may feel deeply impacted by what is going on but there seems to be no place, no opportunity, no invitation to connect with our pain for the world and the grief, shame, anger, guilt this may entail. We may come to believe that the presence of these difficult emotions means that there is something wrong with us, forgetting that they are in fact natural and healthy expressions of a caring heart.
Over the past months many people have voiced a wish and a need for an opportunity to express their grief, to open to their pain for the world and to honour it as an important step of healing towards a more sustainable and engaged care for the world.
We would like to organise and create a ceremony/ritual where we can come together as a community in a safe and held way to acknowledge our pain and our grief for what has been lost and is going to be lost and ultimately to honour our care and love.
There are some ideas floating around but we would very much appreciate any input from your side. Maybe you have been involved in something like this and would like to share your experience? Or you may have some ideas and suggestions, or would like to get involved in the organisation of a grief ceremony? If this is the case please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” ~ Kahlil Gibran