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Circle for Immigrants (Theme: Grief)

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Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center

24932 Veterans Way

Room: Juniper B

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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THE WELL OF GRIEF

by David Whyte


"Those who will not slip beneath
the still surface on the well of grief,

turning down through its black water
to the place we cannot breathe,

will never know the source from which we drink,
the secret water, cold and clear,

nor find in the darkness glimmering,
the small round coins,
thrown by those who wished for something else."




Grief beckons us to return to the losses that we survived but haven’t yet lived through or felt fully.

Grief is a form of descent into the territories of our bodies and hearts that remember whom we’ve loved, who we miss, and what we lost.

When grief can’t move through us, we can no longer experience the world around us through the open spaces of vulnerability. We feel burdened, no longer feeling joy or sensing our aliveness.


THE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE EXPERIENCES, ALTHOUGH DISTINCT, CONTAIN MULTIPLE FORMS OF GRIEF.


The journey itself comprises of a transition, from one country to another, in many cases from one continent to another. The change is often accompanied by multiple losses and at the same time by hope for a brighter future.

The geographical move is followed by shifts in the inner landscape. As immigrants, we lose parts of our identity. We loose outside structures that shaped us and lodged us into place. We miss people we don’t get a chance to be in physical proximity with for extended periods of time. We live between countries, in a liminal space.

In the experience of refugees (myself included), we loose homelands that often times we can’t return to. We loose communities that we used to be a part of. We learn to live in exile, while forging our way into new forms of love and belonging.

When grief is allowed to move through us, the emptied space inside fills with lightness, joy and a sense of rootedness.

Numb places become alive and the icy parts of our being melt into warmth. The spectrum of our capacities becomes broader. We feel stronger. We experience greater openness and connection.

Grief offers us an opportunity to surrender to the tears that yearn to come to the surface, so we can be washed, rejuvinated and offered back, once again, to the world.


To love more fully

To live more deeply

with greater reverence

for the gift of life.




FAQs


What if I arrive late?

If you are more than 10 minutes late, please refrain from entering the room to respect the safety and sacredness of the container that we are creating.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of free parking adjacent to the Norman Murray Community Center.

What can I bring into the event?

You can bring a blanket and/or pillow to make yourself feel more comfortable. We'll be sitting on chairs for the centering practice and you can spread around the room or stay in your chair.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email Gayane: gayane@concordinlove.com


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Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center

24932 Veterans Way

Room: Juniper B

Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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