Little did I know, when I chose it at the start of 2014, the profound meaning "release" would have for me when the time came to write about it. Recently, a friend who had pancreatic cancer passed. Her husband and two children spoke at her funeral, and their pain and grief were witnessed and shared by all of us. I know that there is so much joy to come in my life, but there is so much pain too. How do we live with wisdom, compassion, joy and awareness of our blessings, while there is so much suffering and pain all around us? What I’ve learned is that grief is not an isolated emotion. It is the other side of love. To grieve deeply and to empathize with others means we love deeply. There is no love without loss. No joy without sorrow. This tag celebrates love, and its power to release us from darkness, and bathe us in light.
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