My best intentions sometimes turn out so unlike what I hoped for that it’s made me wonder how to be in the world at all. I wish to do good works, to relieve some of the suffering of the world. But I’m saddened – and at times horrified – when nothing I do will help, or I feel I have accidentally caused suffering.
Pondering a recent bout of this, I was reminded of the ancient teachings of the bodhisattva. The word comes from Sanskrit, and is translated as essence of wisdom. The term applies to those who might be considered enlightened and – charitably – those who wish to be better, more peaceful, or more enlightened people (I’m squarely in the latter camp). Continue reading
Learn to Grieve is a series of excerpts from the book Let That Shit Go: Learn To Process Loss and Be Happy (available on Amazon).
Evelyn de Morgan, Demeter Mourning for Persephone
Grief is a byproduct of sorrow and loss. To grieve is a function of the soul more than the mind, although the mind provides an important layer of required analysis to help you understand the reasons for your sorrow or loss.
Your many reasons for grief have left you somewhat bankrupt of feeling because you have not known how to process your sorrow and loss, that is, learning to grieve. In fact, you have barely recognized some sorrow and loss because you have not been taught to do so. You have been taught to only win.
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Henri Matisse, Still Life with Oranges
I asked Rose, “How can I let go of clutter? I try to reuse, recycle, upcycle, and give away what I don’t need, but still feel bad when I can’t do it for everything…
… even cardboard boxes?!”
Rose responded with a nice little version of the simple process described in her book, Let That Shit Go: Learn to Process Loss and Be Happy.
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