Engage with grief as a sacred experience.
The 16th-century Spanish saint Teresa of Avila speaks of the “beautiful wound” of longing for God, describing this depth of suffering as a doorway to union with her beloved. John of the Cross, Teresa’s contemporary, coined the term “Dark Night of the Soul” and developed a teaching that shows us how to surrender to radical unknowing and allow ourselves to be stripped of all that stands between our souls and the Divine. These and other mystics see deep sorrow as a great spiritual blessing, rather than as a problem that requires a solution.
The purpose of this class is to engage with grief as a sacred experience, harvesting the beauty that we can find when we show up and make ourselves available to the fullness of our encounter with loss. We will be looking to the teachings of the mystics of various spiritual traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Sufism, Buddhism, and Hinduism) as guides for navigating the terrain of grief and loss. We will be reading poems and short prose passages from the mystics in a kind of Lectio Divina practice, writing in response to evocative prompts, sitting in contemplative silence, engaging in small-group and whole circle sharing and chanting.
These practices will allow us to cultivate the tenderness and courage required to explore the places where our losses invite us into deeper aliveness and radiant joy. We do this so that we may turn toward, rather than push away, experiences of loss both for ourselves as well as for the suffering of others.
**Mirabai Starr** is acclaimed translator of Dark Night of the Soul (John of the Cross), The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life (Teresa of Avila), and The Showings (Julian of Norwich), and award-winning author of GOD OF LOVE: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity & Islam. She leads contemplative inter-spiritual retreats worldwide.
Mirabai has been an adjunct professor of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico, Taos since 1993. Her emphasis is on making connections between the perennial teachings found at the heart of all the world’s spiritual paths, in an effort to promote peace and justice.
Mirabai speaks and teaches nationally and internationally on the teachings of the mystics and contemplative practice and is a certified bereavement counselor.
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 14-15, 2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 2.0
Available by: Attend in NYC Classroom or Join by Videoconference or Download Recordings
Price: General Public: $ 190.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 170.00