Grief and Gratitude in 2020

We’re already in the final week of November, and for those who live in the US, it is the week of Thanksgiving. Since I am an American citizen, and used to live in the US for 15 years, I still feel close to the country and what goes on there. Although I live in Norway now, and we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I still like to mark the day in some capacity, by doing a ritual or showing gratitude in some way. This year I will be working on Thanksgiving Day, so I’ll need to do it another day, but that’s ok. I suppose writing this blog post is my way of tuning into the spirit of that particular holiday this year.

I always felt that having a day dedicated to giving thanks and gratitude is a beautiful thing, even if that initial intention may have been somewhat overshadowed over the years with the increasing focus on Black Friday shopping and stuffing ourselves with food. This year of 2020 is a little bit different though. With a virus pandemic and election, awakenings and division, it may be a bit more challenging to find things to be grateful for. However, now that we are nearing the end of the year, I still believe it’s a good time to reflect a little bit on what this year has brought us, and what we want to keep, as well as let go of, at this time.

I know many people have lost a lot this year, and that is not something to be trifled with. I myself have thankfully not lost anyone to the virus, except perhaps one in an indirect way, but that is a conversation for another time. But many have. Many people have lost their jobs and livelihoods due to the situation, and also many have lost friends and family members, as politics and beliefs have created division between people. This has happened with me and some family members to some degree, as we have differing opinions on what is going at this time. However, we have so far been able to focus on the love between us, and not letting any political or spiritual disagreements come between us. However, it’s still not always easy to overcome our differences, and I for one struggle with this at times.

One of the things that have become abundantly clear, at least for me, is that we won’t be going back to the way things were. I believe that to be a good thing, though, as we are, in my opinion, moving into a higher level of consciousness on this planet, and we will see this unfold more and more in the months and years ahead. But as always, big change doesn’t come without its challenges, whether it is on a personal or collective level. Over the past few years I have been in an accelerated awakening and ascension process. Many upgrades and higher vibrational frequencies have manifested in my life, however, as that happened, I have had to heal my shadow, and let go of many traumas and past hurts. As you can imagine, this has not been an easy process, but I see that it was necessary for me to reach a higher consciousness of love and light.

In order to reach this higher level of consciousness on our planet, all of us have to go through such a process individually, but also collectively. As we are all one, we are all responsible for each other, and what kind of planet we want to create for ourselves. So before we can enjoy a planet of more love and beauty, we have to clear out the negative elements, the collective trauma and see the truth of what is. And this is what is happening to an unprecedented degree this year. It’s a difficult and at times heartbreaking process, but necessary for us to bring in the new.

With that being said, in moments like these I feel it’s important to allow ourselves to feel the pain of any losses we may have endured. Whenever I have lost something over the years, whether it’s a job, moving apartments (or even countries), friends, relationships or people, I have found that it’s important to allow myself to grieve. It’s natural to feel a sense of loss when change occurs, and when there is such a magnitude of change as we have had this year (and we’re still not done), there is an even greater need to allow ourselves to grieve as we let go of the old. In fact, I believe it’s a necessary step on the way to welcoming in the new.

With all the unexpected changes this year, and as things we may have taken for granted have been removed from our lives, I also find that what is really important, becomes more clear than ever. The simple things, such as having a roof over our heads, food on the table, and perhaps the most important, people we love close to us, becomes even more appreciated. So I hope that as this year is coming to a close, that you can allow yourself to feel the grief of what has been lost, but also the gratitude of what you do have, as well as expectations of more to be grateful for, as the dust starts to settle.

With that, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving (if you’re in the US), and a happy last week of November to everyone. ❤️

And as always, sending you so much love & light!

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