Happy New Year - Between Sorrow and Joy

Spirituality and Practice

We rightly wish each other "happy New Year," but we also know that a new year does not start happily for everyone. Our lives lie between sorrow and joy, as Zora Neale Hurston eloquently wrote, "I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands." Perhaps you find yourself now "in Sorrow's kitchen." Or perhaps you work with those who are grieving, or someone close to you has experienced a calamitous loss.  Few of us in our culture have the opportunity to fully grieve. If so, you may want to join Spirituality and Pracitice for "Learning to Accept Grief as a Lifelong Companion," which starts next Monday, January 11th.  This e-course gives you poems, essays, personal stories, and exercises on a variety of topics:  Obstacles to Grieving, Making Grief a Companion, Gratitude, Reasonable Hope, and many more.  The Practice Circle -- a forum open 24/7 for you to share your story and perspectives, read those of others, and receive guidance from retreat leaders -- is designed to welcome grief in the embracing arms of community. This e-course will be led by Joanne Turnbull and Claire Willis, both licensed clinical social workers and trained facilitators with decades of experience leading groups and writing workshops. Both are Sage-ing International members, certified hospice volunteers, certified life legacies facilitators, and authors certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists Workshop Method. This month-long experience may strengthen your ability to hold your broken-heartedness with compassion so that grief can flow through you.  Please go to  www.SpiritualityandPractice.com/LearningtoAcceptGrief for more information.