The Wild Edge of Sorrow

Francis Weller,


We are not meant to live shallow lives, pocked by meaningless routines and the secondary satisfactions of happy hour.

We are the inheritors of an amazing lineage, rippling with memories of life lived intimately with bison and gazelle, raven and the night sky,

We are designed to encounter this life with amazement and wonder, not resignation and endurance. This is at the very heart of our grief and sorrow.

The dream of full-throated living , woven into our very being, has oftenĀ been forgotten and neglected, replaced by a societal fiction of productivity and material gain. No wonder we seek distractions.

Every sorrow we carry extends from the absence of what we require to stay engaged in this “one wild and precious life.” And every sorrowĀ is more made more difficultĀ to metabolize by that absence.

Grief work offers a trail leading back to the vitality that is our birthright. When we fully honor our many losses, our lives become more fully able to embody the wild joy that aches to leap from our hearts into the shimmering world.”


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