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Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal Source of love in all people. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Dagara Grief Technique

To weep is to make less the depth of grief.
~William Shakespeare, King Henry the Sixth

Sobonfu Some teaches the importance of tears and the importance of someone bearing witness to those tears.  In the western world our instincts are to offer kind soothing touch to ease away or shut off the tears.  The Dagara way is to allow the grieving person an opportunity to cry without physical interference.  Touch can shut down the tears that are ready to flow or flowing.  During her Dagara grief rituals, Sobonfu demonstrates different grieving body language that would require the support person to intervene with touch.  The touch is specific to the ritual.  Done correctly, it will not shut down the emotional release.  Sobonfu's calendar for grief ritual in the United States is listed on her website.

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