Through the Heart of Grief and Out the Other Side

I've walked the path of the seeker of a spiritual home for a long time. That path led me many places: from Zen Buddhism and Satanism to feminist witchcraft and Reform Judaism. Though I've found and created a path that feels like home, I'm grateful for everything I learned along the way.

Some of the most profound and beautiful teachings I received about grief were from mourning practices in Judaism. Since many of us may be moving in and out of grief for the pandemic, for the climate crisis and the hideous, unapologetic acts of genocide which were and continue to be committed, it seems fitting to share ways to be with our grief and to be with each other's grief.

In Judaism, there's a practice known as "sitting shiva". It's observed when someone ver