Storm Ciarán swept through the island of Jersey causing chaos, with many losing homes, ripping up and breaking hundreds of trees and changing the landscape.
So many people have expressed their sadness, their grief with such losses. Woodlands, parks, and walking trails have been closed. Gradually, with the work of many, places to enjoy the peace of the wild amongst trees are beginning to open again.
However, much has changed, and will look different.
@radjoyhardtimes advocates for witnessing such losses, by attending hurt places, spending time with the places we love that have become damaged, harmed, ravaged by hurricane force winds in this case, we may open our hearts to our feelings about that new reality and hone our own boldness.
We may drop into “the well of grief” @davidjwhyte
‘Embrace your grief, for there your soul will grow.’ – Carl Jung
‘Our broken hearts have the potential to open us to a wider sense of identity, one capable of seeing through the partitions that have segregated self from world. Through grief, we are initiated into a more inclusive conversation between our singular lives and the soul of the world…Bringing grief and death out of the shadow is our spiritual responsibility, our sacred duty. By so doing, we may be able to feel our desire for life once again and remember who we are, where we belong, and what is sacred.’
Francis Weller – The Wild Edge of Sorrow.
Join me in the beautiful Val de la Mare arboretum, with Alex Morel CEO of @treesforlifejersey and see with new eyes, heart and mind.
Sunday 14th January. 10.00am to 12.30pm. Meeting in the top car park, accessible by bus no. 9. Parking available, we encourage walking and cycling for those that are able.
You may bring something of meaning to you, or find something during the morning that you wish to gift to the place in our closing ritual. Stones, twigs, leaves, 🍂 or flowers 🌸 no plastic.