Dark Night of the Soul

Grief is Subversive

For those of you working quietly through your own dark nights, here’s some inspiration to bring a little fire back into your heart…

Grief is subversive, undermining the quiet agreement to behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an act of protest that declares our refusal to live numb and small. There is something feral about grief, something essentially outside the ordained and sanctioned behaviors of our culture. Because of that, grief is necessary to the vitality of the soul.

Contrary to our fears, grief is suffused with life-force. It is riddled with energy, an acknowledgment of the erotic coupling with another soul, whether human, animal, plant or ecosystem. It is not a state of deadness or emotional flatness. Grief is alive, wild, untamed and cannot be domesticated. It resists the demands to remain passive and still. We move in jangled, unsettled and riotous ways when grief takes hold of us. It is truly an emotion that rises from soul.

Francis Weller, “Entering the Healing Ground”

2 thoughts on “Grief is Subversive

  1. Great post full of wisdom and truth. After losing my son I agree with the description of grief. It connected me to my soul and screamed at me to wake up to my purpose. Looking back it was my greatest gift.



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