Modern life rarely acknowledges – and frequently pathologizes – grief. But when we bring grief into consciousness and honor it, it can become part of a larger, positive experience of transformation and rebirth. Grieving can bring the soul to stillness, thus readying it for profound spiritual change.
Unresolved grief doesn’t require a death, although it most often begins that way. “Deaths” occur in other ways: of a dream, a marriage, or from rejection and betrayal. Unresolved grief can turn into acting out, substance abuse, too much physical exercise, overwork, or over-achievement. Because the pain may be too much to sit with, it appears to work itself out in self-harm.
Lis Griffin, E-RYT, is the owner and a Certified Structural Yoga™ instructor at Catspaw Studio. She has been practicing yoga since the 1990s and been teaching yoga since 2009 at her turn-of-the-century (1900s) renovated, cozy barn. Lis is also an author, artist, and photographer who’s work has appeared in the New York Times, MS Magazine, Woman’s Day, Der Spiegel, Men’s Journal, trade publications, the Denver Business Journal, newspapers, book jackets, CD covers, and Communication Arts Photography Annual. After the death of her mother, the prolific dreams she experienced allowed her to use some paths of self-discovery learned from the great sages of the past to go deep into her pain and to help make sense of it.