Kinship with Grief

Kinship: The quality or state of being kin.

We invite you to explore these invitations to deepen your kinship with grief, the intention is to inspire personal exploration of loss of any kind through sensuous, embodied relationship. Grief is relational. 

What can our bodies know beyond the limits of the rational mind? 

We encourage you to listen in and engage with the practices that feel supportive.  This offering is intended to grow as we discover opportunities along the way that help us remember parts of us we have forgotten. 

Feet upon the Earth

An invitation to explore what it might mean to feel into being in the body. Many of us have experiences that have made it unsafe to be in our bodies. The journey back in might take time, attention and a very slow approach. This very simple practice is one that we use often, as it is gentle and relatively accessible. If you don't have grass or outdoor space, allow yourself to try this in your home on the floor. If standing is not an option, sit and explore your feet against a hard surface. Be creative and gentle. 

Place your feet on the ground or surface of choice. Find your breath by just paying attention to you inhale and exhale. Breathe slowly and deeply. As you feel ready begin to rotate your feet upon the earth or surface, and tell yourself silently or out loud, that you are here, you are held. 

" I am here, I am held" 

This practice can be as long or as short as you like. Explore, be curious and offer yourself grace. 

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Speaking to the Earth

We invite you to do this practice alone or ask someone you trust to witness, to silently hold space for you. 

This is a common practice among many cultures around the world. Simply find a space in nature that feels safe, perhaps a corner of your yard or garden, or a place in greater nature, such as a forest, a river or a beach. Dig a small opening in the earth or sand large enough to speak or cry into. Feel the earth below you- supporting all of your weight. Speak your grief into the earth.  Feel the earth holding you and your grief. You may choose to lie down, to cry, or scream your grief into the earth. 

When you finish, fill the hole back up, returning it to its former shape. Consider offering your gratitude to the earth for holding you, always. 

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