Modern cultures encourage us to compartmentalize our grief, but coming home to grief is sacred work that confirms the wisdom of all spiritual traditions: that we are all deeply interconnected. Grief registers the many ways that this depth of kinship is assaulted daily; and thus, it becomes a powerful practice to remember the mutuality of our suffering and the possibility of compassion.
As a part of our 3-month "Sanctuary of the Heart" series, we invite you to join 'Sanctuary Pod' to explore 'Gifts of Grief', with a global community of kindred spirits. Every month, a unique theme would be introduced through a group call that evokes a deep connection to our sacred oneness -- featuring soulful music, multi-faith practices, inspired speakers and more. In between calls, every week, all podmates receive insightful interviews to catalyze personal reflections that invite us to learn directly from one another. From our field of shared connection, lots of new possibilities will inevitably unfold, and we anticipate riding those winds of grace -- together.
I have come to have a deep faith in grief; I have come to see the way its moods call us back to soul. It is in fact, a voice of soul, asking us to face life’s most difficult but essential teaching: everything is a gift, and nothing lasts. --Frances Weller, in Grief as Deep Activism
Finally on my way to yes, I bump into, All the places, Where I said no, To my life. All the unintended wounds, The red and purple scars, Those hieroglyphs of pain, Carved into my skin and bones, Those coded messages, That sent me down, The wrong street, Again and again. Where I find them, The old wounds, The old misdirections, And I lift them, One by one, Close to my heart, And I say, Holy. Holy. Holy. --Pesha Gerstier
To join our circle, simply RSVP below and the Pod Volunteer Crew will send you the details. Through music, spiritual practices, stories, and renowned thought leaders, we’ll sit in the tension of the challenges we face daily, and trust that the collective voice of the community will be our guide. From this place, we believe that the gifts of adversity may catalyze new insights and skills to thrive in transitional times.
BACKGROUND: A few months ago, after a heart-opening 21-day Interfaith Compassion Challenge, Rev. Charles Gibbs echoed an inquiry that many held: what might "Cathedral 2.0" look like? Many others expanded on the inquiry: could we co-create a "sanctuary" where people around the world of varied faiths, backgrounds and beliefs come together to share a connection with the sacred, learn from each other, and inspire a heart of service? In early March, on the day of our Mystical Music Pod event with Carrie Newcomer, a war started in Ukraine. That ended up rippling into a moving global prayer event with 26 speakers and musicians -- organized in less than 3 days! -- where James O'dea's compelling words on resilience were particularly resonant. Floating along those collective waves of emergence, this possibility of a Sanctuary arose.
To help co-create this sanctuary of the heart, simply fill out the form below and you'll be emailed the follow-up steps!