We Must Begin Feeling Our Grief

PrechtelAn excerpt from an old classic: The Sun Magazine‘s interview with Martin Prechtel.

To be at home in a place, to live in a place well, we first have to understand where we are; we’ve got to look at our surroundings. Second, we’ve got to know our own histories. Third, we’ve got to feed our ancestors’ ghosts, so that the ghosts aren’t eating us or the people around us. Lastly, we’ve got to begin to grieve. Now, grief doesn’t mean sitting around weeping every day. Rather, grief means using the gifts you’ve been given by the spirits to make beauty. Grief that’s not expressed this way becomes a kind of toxic waste inside a person’s body, and inside the culture as a whole, until it has to be put in containers and shipped someplace, the way they ship radioactive waste to New Mexico. This locked-up grief has to be metabolized. As a culture and as individuals, we must begin feeling our grief — that delicious, fantastic, eloquent medicine. Then we can start giving spiritual gifts to the land we live on, which might someday grant our grandchildren permission to live there.

2 thoughts on “We Must Begin Feeling Our Grief

  1. Nicole stocke

    We all disciples of the Christ we all Jesus we all Mary that just the way it is so there that’s how it’s goes Jesus and Mary were parents too how else U think they survived!!! Replies please questions and don’t ask me how I know either I just do love u all to the moon and back a million trillion times and to infinity further than the furthest galaxies xxx🙏🙏🙏🙏🐚🐚🐚🐚🌈🐚🐚🌈❤️❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕💕

  2. Nicole tracey elise

    We all too busy trying to control our environments let loose kick your heels like baby ponies frolickingbin the heat of the sun in a late spring day in may idly watching birds and laughing at daffodils because they are wakan sense of humour ok gif actually laughs u know that silly people gif laughs all day long all through the days constantly laughing at us human idiots lol but he she love us wholly individually collectively and unfathimanably pray for this miracle this life that life bege life beget life beget life and on and on beating at the salty cold mountains until they erode to sand and dust at one with the oceans depth xxx🙏🙏🙏 love u all xxxx🙏🌸🌸🐚🌺💕🌹❤️🌷🌈🥸

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