Tonight a friend got scared by the lack of control that characterizes loss. Spoke of “managing our grief” and “getting over grief.” Curiously we never speak of “managing our joy” or “getting over our happiness.” Grief is an underground stream running through our life. It surfaces appropriately in response to separation. Growth requires releasing the known to make room for the unknown. Grief lubricates the transition.
THE FIVE INVITATIONS
Discovering What Death
Can Teach Us About Living Fully
Death is not waiting for us at the end of a long road. Death is always with us, in the marrow of every passing moment. She is the secret teacher hiding in plain sight, helping us to discover what matters most.
Life and death are a package deal. They cannot be pulled apart and we cannot truly live unless we are aware of death. The Five Invitations is an exhilarating meditation on the meaning of life and how maintaining an ever-present consciousness of death can bring us closer to our truest selves.