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BLESS INSTEAD OF CURSE...
a creative prompt & coaching tool
from Kara L.C. Jones
After we are visited by an overwhelming grief, we often find our whole lives changed. Our priorities shift, times seems to flow differently, and even what may have seemed like a solid faith may be shaken to the core now. As we each find our own way, it can seem frustrating to need the most help we've ever needed, and yet nothing and no one seems to help. We find that instead we have to become our own advocates. We turn out to be the only ones who know what will serve us best moment to moment.
At the height of these frustrations of grief, it can seem that this whole experience is a curse. There is something to be said for stomping and cursing and feeling the anger so that you can move through it all. But at some point, we may get stuck OR we may find that taking those actions still isn't helping. So what can we do?
One idea is to get conscious of the fact that you are feeling cursed, you are cursing grief. And then try just as consciously to begin blessing grief instead. Or at the very least, if you find you absolutely cannot bless grief, then can you simply sit with grief? Can you simply be a companion to your own heart without judging the grief? Just witness it.
If you need something a little more tangible to begin practicing this kind of shift, try using artmaking. Go through old magazines and books cutting out images and words that represent the Cursing of Grief to you. Collage them together and set aside. Now go through again and find images and words that might represent Blessing Your Grief. Collage those together. And then take the time to look at both of these pieces at the same time. What's the difference? Where are the shifts in perspective? How do they feel differently? Remember this isn't about right-or-wrong, but rather just about experimenting.
And as you are experimenting, please feel free to share your process with us by leaving comment, posting links or images over on MotherHenna.blogspot.com or Kotapress.blogspot.com or at the MISS Creation Station forum!
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