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The Grieving Mind

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2005-11-01
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Take two minutes and write down a quick association with grief as it is working in your life. There is loss with every change. Identify what changes have occurred in your life this year. What were the losses associated with those changes? How have you worked with the grief? What are the residual effects of grief on your emotions and attitudes (sadness, depression, anger, stress, cynicism)? What would allow you to let go? Now look beyond the psychological and emotional impact. What does grief tell you about how thought tries to maintain the world it knows in relationship to the reality of transition? Look out through your eyes and see the changing phenomena and then go inside and see how thought sets up the secure base of “me” to perceive this. As long as the “me” is secure, change is unheeded and rarely noticed. When something meaningful to the “me” is lost, its secure base is lost and change can no longer be denied. Reality crashes through the mind-created security and grieves its lost perspective.

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