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What a challenging time to live and lead well!

We are experiencing compounded loss, and mounting uncertainty feeds our fears. Differing opinions — whether political or conflict over when/if to get back to life as we knew it — add to growing tensions.

“Give sorrow words;
the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er
wrought heart and bids it break.”

— William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”

Perhaps now more than ever, establishing healthy boundaries, practicing self-care, and living in alignment with our values are vital to our well-being. This time of uncertainty invites us to pause and reflect, look inside, and reconcile deep feelings, beliefs, and unspoken loss.

A friend spotted a bat swooping through her living room. After 2 hours, the bat was captured and removed. She was screaming throughout the ordeal. That night, she had her first good night of sleep in months. The pressure valve of stress, grief, and loss had been opened. Emotions she wasn’t even aware she carried, were released.

Over these months of COVID-19, racial injustice, and collective grief, we have learned new ways to form community and connect. As a society, we have long struggled to name and process grief. We push through, busy ourselves, and ignore feelings of loss. As people of faith, we know God walks with us and is present in our lives. How can you release your pent-up emotions? Crying, laughing, screaming, running – are a few ways to release the pressure.

Seeking to let go of the grief and lament I carried, I dug holes in the garden, named my loss, released it, and filled the hole with a flower. This ritual symbolizes a desire to experience and grow from pain. As we name and release, we begin to heal, and see that the flip side of grief can be gratitude.

Blessings to you as you seek to live and lead well, in a time of dis-ease.

So You Can Be Well

Consider how you will express grief:

  • What are you lamenting?
  • Bury your grief in earth
  • Practice the laughter yoga pose: growl like a lion. GRRR — go ahead and growl as a release!
  • Practice a gratitude journal

As you reflect on these past months, what has been blessing? What are you grateful for?

Deacon Tammy L. Devine

Tammy shares her passion for health, healing, and wholeness through consulting, coaching, and retreat facilitation. As an ELCA deacon, registered nurse, parish nurse/coordinator, and ICF certified coach, she collaborates with thought leaders to facilitate personal and communal growth toward living and leading well. Contact her to learn more.

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