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Grieving: A Catalyst for Spiritual Awakening

By August 3, 20122 Comments

The grieving process can be a powerful catalyst for our spiritual awakening. When we experience loss, such as the death of a loved one, we long for the connection we once had. We long for what was that isn’t anymore. In our longing, we are invited to surrender and let go of control of how we think life should have turned out. We are invited into a deeper relationship with the Divine as we let go and trust the great mystery of life.

Over the past ten years, I have desired to have a baby but have experienced one early miscarriage after another, with no medical explanation. Each month I become pregnant, I get excited and think, maybe this time! Then, my period comes and I experience grief and despair only to ride the cycle again the following month.

The more I allow myself to express my grief and anger, ALL of my feelings, the more energy I have. My vital life force is allowed to flow and move…to create new life. Thus, my journey through infertility and grief has opened me to new possibilities for living a fertile life. Not only have I birthed a greater version of myself…a stronger, more compassionate and loving person, but I have also created new meaning and purpose for my existence.

As we embrace rather than resist our painful life experiences, and befriend the grieving process, we open ourselves up to receiving the rich gifts the Universe is waiting to bestow upon us.

Are you ready to transform your painful life experiences and to move forward with more purpose and passion? If so, I would like to invite you to join Charlon Bobo and me for a powerful teleclass, Grieving: a Catalyst for Spiritual AwakeningPlease click here for more information.


  • Rachell Summers says:

    I read your blogs and am overwhelmed at the amount of loss you have experienced in your life. But then I think– well, so have I, haven’t I? I’ve experienced much loss and things just didn’t turn out like I imagined. I just don’t embrace it because it feels too sad. And that is the point you are trying to make, I do believe. You express it so well…. “As we embrace rather than resist our painful life experiences, and befriend the grieving process, we open ourselves up to receiving the rich gifts the Universe is waiting to bestow upon us.”

    Just the other day I was out for a walk and feeling a little lonely, a little bad about events in my life that seem to leave me alone and not that interesting of a person. Well, at least that was how I was feeling that day. I really am an interesting person……. 🙂 On this particular walk, I often see a car with a bumper sticker that says, “Well behaved women seldom make history.” Usually when I see it, I start feeling like that uninteresting person I mentioned. But on this day I remembered your blog entry and suddenly I thought of the bumper sticker words in a different light and then thought of myself in a different light! I am a well behaved woman and always have been. This is my gift the Universe gave me long ago. I may never make headlines or be a “mover and shaker” in my community, but I am kind. People who have known me from the past, often tell my grown daughter, “oh, I knew your mom–she was always so kind to me.” We need people like me, just like we need the women who shake things up. The Universe is very wise about keeping things in balance!

    So rather than feeling bad about how I thought my life should have turned out, or how I think I should be, I am going to embrace the gift I was given and be content. Thank you, as always, for your wonderful thought provoking words and ideas that expand beyond what your original intention may have been. Take good care!

  • Karen says:

    Rachel – Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and for posting your comment about how it has affected you! I am grateful to know that my words have left an impression that has helped you to embrace who you are and your gifts! Many blessings on your journey!

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Karen Mehringer, MA, MFT - Grief support, counseling and life coaching in Santa Cruz area.