Sep 022013

Photograph by Alice Broughton

It is the paradoxical nature of grief to lead us to love. There is a seed planted in loss, an evolution made in breaking, a genius found in separation that is rarely apparent in the heart of crisis. But often what looks like deviation is really proliferation, like satellite initiatives born from a group’s dissolution. Leadership is forged in the hearts of those who know exclusion. To them, is given the gift of tenderness which can mentor another through their own isolation.









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A writer, artist and tender of dreams, Toko-pa has been interviewed by CNN News & BBC Radio and her writing has appeared in publications around the world. Thanks to Skype, she works with dreamers internationally in her Private Dreamwork practice, based on Salt Spring Island in Canada. You can find Toko-pa on Facebook or sign up for her mailing list to receive news about upcoming events.

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  4 Responses to “The Seed Planted in Loss”

  1. Touching – thank you…….

  2. I’m going through such a difficult time right now and appreciate very much your words of hope and love. And image of sweet sorrow togetherness. Thank you.

  3. It is amazing to me what come along to nurture that seed!I don’t know what the plant will look like at all even when it sprouts, but it is being watered and encouraged by some of the most amazing people and things. The isolation still persists when these things depart, as all of them must. How hard it isto go on trying to grow alone!

  4. It’s been seven years now since she departed, only now am I free from remorse but blessed with the thirty-four years, son and daughter. Within them she lives. Life continues for us both.

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