I have to dare myself to do things differently. The dare is to not go into a long narrative of my linear thinking processes, the cathartic inner voice to written dialogue meant to share just how I step from here into there, or there into here, and eventually around to now for ahead. From wonder into optimistic hope. Already, this much explanation is the same old process through story!
Allow me to jump to my conclusion: I anticipated a review of cycles and nature and how death morphs into life, when what I want to tell you is I am tired of trying to get this newsletter out on the first day of the structured month. It is such a cluttered day of content shoved into the inbox because it is the named First. The beginning. Yet I always start discussion about the end for Navigating Grief!
Time and loss are intrinsically tied together with the calendar as one of the measures. Change starts the clock. We start at the end not the beginning. Today, I am starting from the end of the lunar cycle as I spring forward.
The pace of my thought and nature and consciousness is currently tied to lunar cycles. A year of experientials and study into indigenous and contemporary circles, rituals and cycles has taught me to follow a more natural tide of ebb and flow. Sending my thoughts to you with the New Moon each month – the movement into light from the harvest and compost of prior weeks and the seed for what is to come – seems more aligned to my processes to inspire your own growth after loss.
If I asked myself, I would be the last person to offer this seemingly new age display of ancient wisdom, but it is an actual well-grounded action of helpful self-care in my practices. It is highly documented that nature is a healer. We know to slow down to a conscious walk is healthy and calming. We’ll see if I feel less stressed by this timing and perhaps you will also recognize a change of pace!
Enough long text, here is my top-of-mind list of universal and human cycles for you to explore. I invite you to create your own narrative in terms for how your grief and loss ebbs and flows across time as transition and transformation.
Circles. Spirals. Labyrinths.
Past. Present. Future.
Months. Years. Seasons.
Seconds. Minutes. Hours.
Lunar Cycles. Solar Cycles. Planetary movement.
Holidays. Anniversaries. Noted dates.
Old trees. Roots. Sprouts.
Birth. Life. Death.
Seeds. Growth. Harvest.
Planets. Stars. Space.
Puberty. Fertility. Pause.
Breath. Space. Breath.
Old is new. New is old. The wheel.
Annuals. Perennials. Bi-annuals.
Predator. Prey. Escape.
In the quest of Who Am I Now? through widow and orphan losses I have had to forge new relationships with nature, thought, heart, spiritual energy, body and trust. I have come to appreciate I am who I am, and my direction is to share more of this unconventional guidance for your own discovery and peace through grief and loss. If you’d like my support, dare to reach out.
Peace and warm breezes as we tilt into more light in the northern hemisphere…
Navigating Grief Newsletter. March 17, 2018