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- DescriptionInspiring hope, solace, and courage in living through our losses, author Martin Prechtel, trained in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, shares profound insights on the relationship between grief and praise in our culture--how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly for the dead is deeply linked with the inability to give praise for living. In modern society, grief is something that we usually experience in private, alone, and without the support of a community. Yet, as Prechtel says, Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love hors what it misses. Prechtel explains that the unexpressed grief prevalent in our society today is the reason for many of the social, cultural, and individual maladies that we are currently experiencing. According to Prechtel, When you have two centuries of people who have t properly grieved the things that they have lost, the grief shows up as ghosts that inhabit their grandchildren. These ghosts, he says, can also manifest as disease in the form of tumors, which the Maya refer to as solidified tears, or in the form of behavioral issues and depression. He goes on to show how this collective, unexpressed energy is the long-held grief of our ancestors manifesting itself, and the work that can be done to liberate this energy so we can heal from the trauma of loss, war, and suffering. At base, this little book, as the author calls it, can be seen as a companion of encouragement, a little extra light for those deep and ble parts in all of us.
- Author BiographyA leading thinker, writer and teacher in the search for the indigenoussoul in all people, Martin Prechtel is a dedicated student ofeloquence, history, language and an ongoing fresh approach. Inhis native New Mexico Mart n teaches at his international schoolBolad s Kitchen: a hands-on historical and spiritual immersioninto language, music, ritual, farming, cooking, smithing, naturalcolors, architecture, animal raising, clothing, tools, story, grief, andhumor to help people from many lands, cultures, and backgroundsto remember and retain the majesty of their diverse origins whilecultivating the flowering of integral culture in the present to growa time of hope beyond our own.
- Author(s)Martin Prechtel
- PublisherNorth Atlantic Books,U.S.
- Date of Publication01/05/2015
- SubjectMind, Body & Spirit: General
- Place of PublicationBerkeley, CA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNorth Atlantic Books,U.S.
- Content Note7 line drawings
- Weight227 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
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