Mindfulness for Grief & Loss
By definition, grief is a deep sorrow, often caused by someone’s death. But, we grieve many different types of loss – the loss of a relationship, a job or career path, an unrealized dream – can all be a source of grief.
This past year with covid, we have all grieved in our own ways and on multiple levels. Mindfulness can be a hugely helpful tool when experiencing grief in its many forms.
The process and pain of grief is complex, varied and very personal. How it shows up for us depends on so many factors. Our relationship with the person, people or things we have lost, the circumstances of those losses, the strength of our support network, and our personal and cultural attitudes towards death, dying, ending, and change – are just a few of the conditions that can influence our grief experience.
Mindfulness can be described as the felt sense that the mind, heart, and body are all connected in harmonious relationship with one another. Grief pops us out of alignment and can leave us feeling as if we are scattered or out of sync. Mindfulness pulls us back into the awareness of simple moment-to-moment sensory experience – feet on the floor, seat on the chair, the breath moving in and out – things that help to steady a racing mind or heavy heart. Once we feel settled in this space of mindfulness it’s like a dear friend is sitting calmly by our side, bearing witness to the moment with us.
When we can find this space and sense of observing our feelings and emotions, then we can consciously choose how we will care for ourselves in the moment, rather than reacting out of habit in ways that do not serve us.
“When pain is met with caring presence, something magical happens. The pain eases. It opens and unfolds like a bud in spring” – Oren Jay Sofer
A Heart Opening Practice for Grief
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Meet Mary Baker ..LIFE COACH, YOGA TEACHER, MINDFULNESS GUIDE, RECOVERING PERFECTIONIST & PEOPLE PLEASER, FEAR CONQUEROR, TRUTH SEEKER, & DREAM WEAVER