Grief and Gratitude for the Past, Present and Future
Ages 18+ | November 23, 2019 | Return to Community Workshops & Events
“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises
was oftentimes filled with your tears.” - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
The poignant distress of grief is one of the emotions we fear the most. Gibran reminds us that we have forgotten how inextricably grief and joy are intertwined.
In both, we simultaneously encounter the most personal and most universal elements of our humanity. By suppressing grief, we blunt our ability to feel any emotion at all, but when we accept that everything we love, we will lose, we ironically discover gratitude and the path to experiencing our greatest joy.
Indigenous cultures remind us that healthy connections to landscape and community are fundamental to being human. They teach the value of expressing grief together — that allowing grief to flow through us is essential to feeling fully alive. With the mission of weaving together indigenous and modern views, The Pachamama Alliance implores us to let our hearts to be broken open by the pain of the world, as the pain that comes is the medicine needed for the Earth to heal itself.
Please join us in a community grief ritual addressing the beings of the three times — past, present and future. In grieving the past, we accept what we have lost, and take responsibility for the roles we have played. In grieving the present, we bear witness to the suffering and loss around us, and open our hearts to the full range of human emotions. In grieving the future, we understand the consequences of our actions now and imagine our descendents yearning to be born. Weeping in community teaches us that, in tapping the eternal well of our laughter, tears and imagination, we make a different future possible.
Making a program payment will reserve your space. If you have questions first, you can contact us.
Ages 18 +
Saturday, November 23, 2019
1:00 - 6:00 pm
Sunset Hill Community Center
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117 (Ballard)
$40 - $60, Sliding Scale
Due at Registration
Scholarship always available
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