Grief is a natural reaction to loss and the process of mourning that loss can be difficult and stressful. Walking along the heart-breaking path of grief can leave us feeling physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. The secular practice of mindfulness can help us to navigate the difficult path of grief and cope with loss. Mindfulness enables us to tap into our natural resilience, which in turn helps us to learn and grow through our grief journey. With mindfulness we learn to live in the present moment and examine what we are really thinking and feeling in each moment so that we can heal through loving kindness and compassion.
When practicing mindfulness within our grieving process, we are reminded that our pain is impermanent. Through learning to observe our grief as it exists in the present moment, we can let go of needing to avoid our pain or ruminating over our loss, and we can then rediscover inner peace and joy for life.
Grieving people are rarely allowed or encouraged to simply be, to feel what they are feeling. Mindfulness however asks us again and again to simply be with what is, with compassion towards ourselves and others, being exactly where and how we are in the present moment. It encourages, allows and supports us in being exactly how and where we are.
Just as grief is an experience that may affect us physically, mentally, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually, so too mindfulness practices incorporate and can help sustain us in all of those same areas.
Few of us are taught how to cope with day-to-day stress, never mind grief. Fortunately, anyone can learn how to turn the stress switch off, even during troubling times. The fact that you are reading this page shows that you have hope for your own ability to weather this storm of grief. On our 'Mindfully Living with Grief and Loss' course you will learn how the mindfulness-based techniques can help you: ♥ Ease the physical symptoms of grief ♥ Calm your mind and help you regulate difficult emotions ♥ Help you make meaning from your loss ♥ Improve your awareness of the present moment ♥ Increase your compassion towards yourself and others ♥ Develop a new self-narrative for moving forward in life
Right now, adapting to your loss and transforming your life in a positive way may sound far fetched. However, if you follow the mindfulness practices taught to you on this course, you can experience, moment by moment, a subtle but profound shift in your world view. On the other side of grief you can experience: ♥ A sense of strength ♥ Improved self-perception ♥ Openness to new possibilities ♥ Increased level of compassion ♥ Better relationships with others