Grief & the Solace of Sacred Rest

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

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Processing Grief through Sacred Rest

Grief - The Wisdom Within

One of the most powerful and necessary emotions that women often carry is grief. Like a hidden gem, grief carries its own wisdom, and it is through the sacred rest that we can unlock its secrets and heal our souls.

The renowned author and Jungian psychologist, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, has long spoken to the hearts of women, offering insight into the profound connection between the feminine soul and the healing power of sacred rest. Just as Dr. Estés invites us into the world of the wild woman through her work in "Women Who Run with the Wolves," she also guides us towards the wisdom that comes from processing grief in a sacred way.


The Suppression of Grief in Modern Society

In our modern world, women are often discouraged from fully experiencing their grief. Society, with its emphasis on productivity and the expectation of constant positivity, has taught us to suppress our emotions, including the powerful waves of grief that inevitably wash over us. We are told to "be strong" or "move on," but Dr. Estés teaches us that this suppression only leads to a deeper well of unresolved pain and suffering.

Sacred Rest as a Sanctuary

To truly process grief, women must seek solace in the sacred rest. This is not just any rest but a deep, soul-nourishing rest that allows us to honor our emotions and our stories. We are presented with the reminder that sacred rest is not a passive state but an active choice to be present with our feelings, to honor them as sacred, and to allow them to move through us like a healing river.

The Wisdom of Grief

Grief, like all emotions, holds its own unique wisdom. It is not just a reaction to loss; it is a deep well of insight into our own souls and the world around us. Through sacred rest, we can begin to uncover the lessons that grief has to offer. It can reveal the depths of our love, the importance of our connections, and the fragility of life itself.

Healing through Ritual and Ceremony

In the course Sacred Rest & Renewal, I created rituals that can be utilized to process our grief. These acts of sacred rest can be as simple as lighting a candle and sitting in quiet contemplation or as elaborate as crafting a personalized ceremony to honor a loved one. The act of intentionally setting aside time for grief in a sacred way allows us to integrate our experiences and find healing and transformation within them.. 

Through sacred rest, we can unlock the healing power of grief, allowing it to transform us and guide us towards a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. It is through this sacred rest that we can truly honor our emotions, connect with our ancestral wisdom, and find solace and healing in the sacred art of grief. As wise women, we acknowledge that grief is not a sign of weakness but a testament to the depth of our love and our connection to the world. It's an initiation, a rite of passage that calls us to confront the impermanence of life and the eternal dance of existence. It's in these moments of sorrow that the wisdom of our lineage comes to the forefront, guiding us to seek solace and strength within ourselves.

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Hi, I Am April Kensington

Founder Of Floria

 I Two decades ago I felt a calling to Grow Deep Roots.
I was called to the land, the soil, and the beauty of botanicals. I made skin care rituals grounded in natural plants and guided thousands of woman through finding their own embodiment of self care. I birthed a daughter and a business. Both thrived, while I began to burn out. Everything I did was growing, but I felt deeply depleted from the belief that I had to give my best to everyone and everything I did. Except I forgot myself. 
Through deep connection with the Divine Feminine, choosing to give my best to myself first, and knowing my wildness is my wisdom - I experienced deep lasting healing that continues to root and heal my physical body as well. 

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