Hi Wild Nature Hearts,
We are in a collective initiatory moment. The old forms are dying away, and the new is emerging simultaneously--though it may often feel like the new is not emerging fast enough and we feel overwhelmed by the state of things. When the latest climate report emerges or we read about the disappearing bees and rainforest, or dolphins and whales turning up with pounds of plastic in their stomachs, how can we not either despair or numb out?
But we feel grief, rage, despair, and other emotions when we see the harm being done, BECAUSE WE LOVE and care for the world, . This has been called eco-grief. Because we are NOT SEPARATE from nature and others, we cannot help but be impacted on many levels. We are often not able or willing to fully feel or express these emotions for a variety of reasons. The idea here is that by allowing the space to feel and be seen with these emotions, we are honoring nature's feedback loop and can become unstuck.
By sharing grief and other emotions, and moving through them (not wallowing!), we can step into new ways of seeing and reconnect to each other and nature, and thereby become even better stewards of the world and the work that needs to be done to heal. I draw inspiration from the work of Joanna Macy (who turned 90 this week) and the Work That Reconnects.
What to expect:
Together we will do an opening circle, then participate in a solo and group activity that invite us to honor our emotions and then step into more empowering and connected ways of seeing and doing.
What to bring:
A blanket and/or seat, layers, and an item that symbolizes something you are feeling about what is happening in the world and our relationship to Mother/Lover Earth.
Water and a snack.
FREE event, though donations much appreciated ($5-20 suggested).
Looking forward to connecting and exploring with you!
With tender white and lavender trillium from the fir foreset,