According to the Nonviolent Communication model developed by Marshall Rosenberg, "Celebration" is a Universal Need. Today I'm Celebrating. Yet not in the common fanfare style with confetti and helium baloons, cake and ice cream. No, today I'm on the other side of Celebration: mourning, celebrating loss, grieving.
I show up fully to the Grief work when it's presented to me, and I've had ample opportunities in my life to grieve. I wasn't always tuned in to the blessings of it, and I've had my share of avoiding, denying, repressing my grief, too. Inspired by Stephen Levine's book, Unattended Sorrow, which I read several years ago, I've made a conscious effort to be present when Grief arrives.
This past year has been chock full of opportunities to embrace Grief and the grieving process. Recently while in the midst of such an embrace (at times even though the terrain is familiar, I do feel overwhelmingly lost and the embraces are close to stifling!) I found a piece of writing that I shared Valentine's Day 2013 in a Circle of Reader's: Tending Sorrow.
A gift from the wisdom of my younger self: a love note full of encouragement. A map of the Terrain of Grief. (The full text of the Tending Sorrow piece is here.)
Last year I was attempting to letter these words of mine in calligraphy. It's one of my works in progress, and today, for Equinox, a day of Balance and Shifting from One Season to Another, I decided to share with you: Celebration and a Work in Progress.
Experimenting with a multi-lined nib: both writing the big words "Tending Sorrow"
and seeing what it might look like to put the text of the essay within the lines ...
Here's another exploration: creating the letterforms with the text...
Comments are invited!