“Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses.” -Martín Prechtel, The Smell of Rain on Dust
I think many of us resonate with these words about grief when it comes to grieving the living world around us. Our sadness and anxiety that is wrapped up in species loss, resource extraction, consumption and production, etc. is tied to the way we praise and sit in awe of the natural world.
Remember: part of integrating our ecological grief is a process of feeling and experiencing wonder and awe rather than anxiety. The feeling of awe is presence, power, joy, praise. What is one thing you can do today that will allow you to receive the gift of wonder?
Join us as we explore grief and praise at our next Thrive: EcoGrief and Anxiety Circle on August 22nd from 11am – 12:30pm. Questions? Contact Brittany at firstname.lastname@example.org
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