“We are so lightly here”……

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“Nothing endures but change.”
Heraclitus

I have often posted about grief, mainly because of the precious learnings it has given me after the death of our son.

Grief has informed me, revealed me and helped me understand deeply, the impermanence of life.  

Because of this, it has deepened my capacity to love and to be present. 

When we deny grief to be felt in our life, or ignore the fact it will come to us at some time.  We lose sight of understanding the deep privilege it is to be here.

Leonard Cohen speaks of it beautifully.

“Oh my love,

Be not afraid.

We are so lightly here,

It is in love that we are made

And in love, we disappear.”

24 thoughts on ““We are so lightly here”……

  1. Beautiful post, Karen. A powerful reminder of the importance of feeling and working through our grief…and some are not even aware of the grief they hold. Your honest sharing of your grief journey in your book inspires me still. 🙏🏻

  2. Leonard certainly was a great poet/songwriter. My personal favorite quote on this subject is K. Gibran’s “The deeper sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” It allows one to see grief as an ally rather than an enemy.

  3. Beautiful Karen, thank you for the reminder. I learned about grief and what to do with it when I worked with children that had lost a loved one. Before I started working with these kids I didn’t know how to handle grief–especially mine. It has made me a stronger and deeper person.

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