At the heart of the experience of grief is a sharp and painful focus on what is ‘missing’, on what is ‘not here’ anymore, on what has been ‘lost’; on the absence of something or someone, rather than their loving presence.
Grief contains the loss of a familiar dream of how things ‘were going to be’, a shattering of the status quo, exploded expectations, ruined hopes.
Healing involves a subtle shift of focus – from what is absent to what is present, from what has been lost to what was never lost, from what is not here (and will never return) to what is still here. From death to life. From lost love, to love in spite of loss.
"There are people who are born and die and never once are aware of their breath going in and out of their body. That’s how far away they live from themselves."
"Falling back to a level of consciousness below mind, which is the pre-thinking level of our distant ancestors and of animals and plants, is not an option for us. There is no way back. If the human race is to survive, it will have to go on to the next stage."
"Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside."
Wildfire landscape patterns. Art in nature, eh?
Between waypoints. Alaska. June. 2014.
'The biggest crime in the U.S. criminal justice system is that it is a race-based institution where African-Americans are directly targeted and punished in a much more aggressive way than white people' .. (from here)
(Source: robrogers.com, via liberalsarecool)
"Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them."