"why are you so busy
with this or that or good or bad
pay attention to how things blend

why talk about all
the known and the unknown
see how the unknown merges into the known

why think separately
of this life and the next
when one is born from the last"
-- Rumi

Sometimes grief overwhelms us. The wrench of loss can be so strong that there isn't room for anything else in that moment. Whether we are grieving a death or the end of a relationship, or mourning a level of health or a distant friend, or missing the sense of security or innocence we once felt, letting go can be difficult. It can be painful, and it can be messy, but by resisting our experience - by judging ourselves for our emotions and trying to ignore or deny them - all we do is add another layer of grief.

The first line of the Code is "Emotion, yet Peace." We are human and of course we have emotions; they are a natural and useful part of us. Allow your feelings to be whatever they need to be, but remember that beneath that upset is the peace of the Force and it is that peace that you must act from when the time comes to act. The last line of the Code is "Death, yet the Force." Within every loss, within every death whether it be literal or figurative, there is the Force. The Force is the peace beneath the emotion, the knowledge beneath the ignorance, the serenity beneath passion, and the harmony beneath the chaos.

So grieve. Be sad. Be angry, be scared, be lost. But do not rest there for too long. Remember that your foundation, your home, is in the peace of the Force.

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It can be so easy to let grief, loss, and anger drown us, great advice and words of wisdom! Well said! The wisdom of the Temple and its members reminds me daily of why I looked further into Jediism and reinforces this path I have started!

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