My inspiration for this week’s post came from a deeply moving virtual business retreat that I participated in last weekend, held by Mark Silver, who runs the Heart of Business. I deeply appreciated that experience.
I want to be careful to honor the confidentiality of that retreat, but I feel safe to say that some of us found ourselves crying over our personal grief as well of the collective pain in the world during the retreat.
Mark Silver spoke eloquently about the fact that there is great injustice and suffering in the world. Many of us, don’t allow ourselves to feel the grief in our hearts. He said if our hearts are open as business owners, we will feel deep grief, and we must allow ourselves to feel it. As we allow ourselves to feel that grief, it can be a cleansing process for our heart. It keeps us humble and connected to all life.
My sense is that we must let grief move through us more often, without defining ourselves by it or collapsing into it. If our grief is great, there are times that we will have to live in grief for some time. Yet, life is also full of great joy.
So often joy and sorrow are linked together. Kahlil Gibran said it this way in The Prophet:Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
There are ways that we can subtly and sometimes not so subtly allow emotion to be expressed in all aspects of our lives, including our work life. It takes practice in finding the right balance of bringing our heart into our work.
So, this week, I suggest that we acknowledge the grief and the joy in our lives and in the world, because only with an open heart can we deeply appreciate life’s possibilities.
Find a safe place to feel what is in your heart, and simply feel it, even if for only a short time. Regardless of what you feel, see if you can find a deep appreciation for your heart that is almost magical in its ability to be a container for both sorrow and joy.
There is much suffering and injustice that deserves to be healed. We can be part of that healing. We can also hold a vision of joy that believes that it is possible for all people to live happy, prosperous, peaceful and sustainable lives. We hold this vision knowing that perfection is not required. We take whatever steps we can towards a better future, and trust in something bigger than ourselves that pulls life forward.
This week I want to send out my deep appreciation for you. May all the unseen forces of goodness and mercy that bind us together, lift up your world and bring you great peace this week and always.
This Week’s Contemplation:
Do you appreciate your heart that allows you to feel your joys and sorrows?