Modern life rarely acknowledges – and frequently pathologizes – grief.
But if we honor grief, and grieve attentively, grieving becomes a positive experience of transformation and rebirth. Grieving brings the soul to stillness, readying it for profound spiritual change.
Unresolved grief doesn’t require a death, although grieving most often begins that way. “Deaths” occur in other ways: the end of a life’s dream or of a marriage, or from rejection and betrayal. “Small griefs” can be frustration or loss of control, disappointment, or dashed expectation.
Unresolved grief can turn into acting out, substance abuse, overwork, or over-achievement. If grief’s pain becomes too much to sit with, it well may become self-harm.
Lis Griffin, Certified Structural Yoga™ instructor, owns Catspaw Studio, housed in a cozy renovated 1900s barn, where she has taught yoga since 2009. Lis is also an author, artist, and photographer whose work has appeared in the The New York Times, MS Magazine, Woman’s Day,Der Spiegel, Men’s Journal, Denver Business Journal, other newspapers and trade publications, and on book jackets and CD covers, and in Communication Arts’ Photography Annual.