The Art of Losing

The Art of LosingThe Art of Losing
November, 2014


The art of losing isn’t hard to master,” Elizabeth Bishop wrote in a poem.  “So many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster.”  Life and loss go hand in hand; without endings there can be no beginnings.  But how do handle loss when it happens?  Do we accept impermanence as the price of admission to our very existence or waste our time fighting what cannot be changed?  In this month’s edition of The Seekers Forum, I’ll be talking about “The Art of Losing” as a doorway to freedom and awakening, and how we can use personal loss as a powerful wisdom path.  Spiritual traditions offer guidelines and tools reminding us that “loss is no disaster” even in the presence of grief, and that who we are — in our essence — transcends what can be taken away.  Learning this, we free ourselves of fear and dread, and come to know the expansive brilliance of our own true nature.

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