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April 15, 2018 Service on Grief at First Unitarian


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10 am Worship Service with Mikki Baloy "The Nature and Function of Grief"
What we call grief here in the West is actually part of a wide spectrum of experiences that includes bereavement, outrage, disappointment, and shame: often the feelings we try hardest to hide. By contrast, ancestral wisdom teaches us that grief is a vital energy in need of shared expression. Whether our sadnesses are private or part of a collective experience, accepting and witnessing our tenderness can be a sacred practice, one that ultimately deepens our capacity for joy. This Sunday, Mikki recounts what ancestors and elders have taught about the nature and function of grief, and why it deserves to be honored.

Mikki Baloy has studied with shamans from around the world including Q’ero elders in Peru. Her holistic approach to healing is both intuitive and grounded, fusing indigenous traditions with yoga, Buddhism, and three decades of creative training as a performer, writer, and musician. She was the Director of a 9/11 foundation in New York City, and helped create and maintain programs to assist many thousands of people—while undertaking her own healing journey. She is the author of Hallowed Underground: Sacred Hope and Healing in Dark Times, which describes her recovery from PTSD, depression, divorce, and sexual assault, and she has been featured in two books about post-disaster resiliency. Mikki is a yoga teacher and minister of animism and speaks from her own heart-centered experience.