Monday, May 8, 2017

Frank Ostaseski: Opening Our Hearts to Grief

 There is deep wisdom here.
May we allow our hearts to open 
so we may know grief and
know compassion, peace, joy, and love.
- Molly

Our fear of lack of control leads us to ideas about managing our grief or getting over our grief. It is curious to me that we never speak about “managing” our joy or “getting over” our happiness. Grief is like a stream running through our lives, and it is important to understand that loss doesn’t go away. It lasts a lifetime. It is our relationship to a particular loss that changes. It won’t always hold the same intensity for us, or take the same expression. But the grief as a natural human response to loss will remain, and our resistance to it will only intensify the pain.

from The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death 
Can Teach Us About Living Fully

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