Just this evening whilst cooking dinner I decided to add cloves to the spaghetti bolognaise because I didn’t have bay leaves. The smell of the cloves reminded me of my mother’s cooking and that took me back to my childhood and seeing our family eating dinner at the kitchen table. I started crying.
There are pockets of sadness still within me. Sometimes they bubble to the surface unexpectedly.
Maybe I could have revisited that memory with fondness and connection. But the truth is sometimes I am still sad. If I judge myself, for not being further along than I think I should be, then that just makes me feel worse. When I think, being intelligent, educated and spiritual, I should be doing better, I feel worse.
After all these years, fifteen years to be exact, there is still grief and sadness inside me. And sooner or later it all must come out.
I know my brother is no longer in physical form. I know he died. I accept that reality. But at times I miss him. I miss his physical presence in my life. I miss our relationship. I miss our conversations. I miss all the things we used to do together.
I understand my wish for us to have been in each other’s lives and that his sudden death has cut that time short. I know that nothing can bring him back. I cannot change nor control that reality.
I can either choose to want things to be different, which causes me pain and reinforces my hurts. Or I can acknowledge how I feel when sadness overwhelms me and release the emotion so it is not trapped in my body.
Unprocessed emotions can cause actual body symptoms. This particular morning the muscles around my mid thoracic, at the back of my heart, were excruciatingly painful. I couldn’t move my arms or even breathe deeply without pain. I had a treatment with my osteopath during the day which eased my muscle tension. The trigger that allowed the emotional release and tears, came while I cooked dinner. I had to deal with both the physical and emotional aspects of the situation, otherwise my emotions would have continued to impact on my physical condition.
Crying is a release. Writing and journalling is a release and an attempt to make sense of it all. Sometimes I just need to sleep because crying releases endorphins that make me relaxed and tired. And these are not weaknesses, they help me heal. They release the grief in a safe way from my body.
My commitment to me is this:
- to heal through honesty and with acceptance of where I’m at,
- to recognise and acknowledge any pockets of sadness by listening to my body without judgement,
- to surrender and allow the release of emotion, so that my body is free from the tension of holding, hiding or burying sadness and grief,
- to seek understanding of what I am struggling with, and
- to comfort myself so that I can be light and flow with life again.
Everyone’s journey through grief is unique. I wish everyone to come to peace and heal their loss in as gentle a way as possible, with a minimum of suffering. I try to remember to be kind to my heart. Be kind to my inner sensitive self, and be kind to my body that has carried the burden for me. I try to listen to the wisdom inside my body, for my body is honest and shows me what needs my attention.
Offered with love and compassion