This talk is helpful for those experiencing grief or chronic illness. This topic works best with groups of 12-15 participants so that context can be shared conversation can occur. The talk is structured around three stages of suffering - being in a pit of life, climbing out of the pit, and looking back at the pit.
Participants will learn compassion practices to apply to themselves in moments of suffering and those they know who are suffering.
For those in the pit of acute suffering, they will find tools for managing self-pity, addressing hopelessness, and feeling permission to questions “why me?” and feel angry at God. Psalms are used as evidence for human expression of pain toward God and the shared human experience of feeling abandoned.
For those climbing out of the pit, they will explore the concept of surrender, understand agency of how much we do ourselves and how much we accept help, and appreciate how slow the climb can be with progress and setbacks, but hope always.
For those who are now out of a pit of life, they will gain an appreciation for honoring their pain, acknowledging wisdom gained from the pit, and exploring how to use this wisdom from experience to help others.
This talk is filled with hope and encouragement while being spiritual and practical to the suffering we all endure through out our lives.