I suspect this is an emotion with which we are all familiar. It connects to longing and sorrow like Siamese siblings sharing bodies.
Evidently I am able to conjure it at a moment’s notice, on a whim.
How we initiate suffering. Designate and signify it.
- Creating separations and distinctions in order to perceive
- Attempting to maintain stability, regularity, balance and order
- Envisioning opportunities and instinctively avoiding threats (real or imagined)
While what we have collectively learned about our world, its fluidity of matter and energy, its processes – subatomic to galaxian – would seem to infer that
- Everything is connected
- Everything keeps changing
- Opportunities routinely lose their luster or remain unfulfilled and most true threats are inescapable (aging, death, loss, etc.)
“Grief,” “longing,” “sorrow” and the like seem often to highlight where triggered survival mechanisms (boundaries, maintenance of balance or stability, and bias toward perceiving dangers or threats) ratchet and crackle, kink and stumble in the flow of change.
I would like to open to the inferences. Soothe and calm survival mechanisms, more effectively metabolize connectivities and change. Participate in life’s process from smaller and larger perspectives of mechanics and meaning, measures and movements.