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Mimosa Pudica Part Two

 

Nurturing the Spirit: Understanding the Needs of Introverts in Grief

 

How did you do with finding a self-nourishing practice in Mimosa Pudica Part One?

 

Grief is a deeply personal journey that affects us all in unique ways. For introverts, who find solace in solitude and introspection, navigating the tumultuous terrain of grief can be especially challenging. In this article, we will explore the specific needs of introverts during times of grief. We retreat and surrender to:

1.  The Power of Sacred Space:
Introverts thrive in environments that foster solitude and reflection. During periods of grief, it is important for introverts to carve out sacred spaces where they can withdraw from the demands of the world and process their emotions. Whether it’s a peaceful corner in their home or a secluded spot in nature, these spaces become sanctuaries for quiet contemplation and healing. This may look like building deliberate pauses and transitions in your day including quiet walks outside in good weather, quiet moments at your desk at work or in the restroom just to create a few minutes of breathing room.

2.  Honoring Boundaries:
Introverts have a deeply rooted need for emotional and physical boundaries. In grief, it becomes crucial for introverts to listen to their inner voice and honor their limits. This means setting boundaries with well-meaning friends and family who may offer comfort in ways that feel overwhelming. Gently communicating your needs and seeking support from those who can provide solace in ways that align with your introverted nature can make a world of difference. This may sound like having an exit strategy and a buddy so that you can leave an event when you are ready without having to resort to explanation and apologies. This may sound like “Thank you for thinking of me. I am not able to attend/accommodate right now”.  

3.  Writing as a Form of Healing:
As introverts, we often find solace in writing and journaling. The power of pen and paper can be particularly healing during times of grief. By putting our thoughts and emotions into words, we create a sacred space within ourselves to process and release our pain. Consider starting a grief journal or a prayer journal, where you can pour out your heart, express gratitude for the memories, and end with a question for yourself or for God and leave plenty of blank spaces and time to return here.

Expect that others may not understand your reactions: After a loss, your loved ones may want to be all in the house together, all the time. This connection is vital and healing. As you are accepting that this may also be draining to you, you may be seeking a healthy outlet for balance. You may even feel selfish and guilty in your retreat if you are new to self-care. Remind yourself that you can’t pour from an empty cup or a cracked one for that matter. Remember the mimosa pudica: sensitive, unrushed, gentle, beautiful, and medicinal when nourished.

4.  Seeking Comfort in Faith:
For introverts who find solace in their faith, grief can become a powerful opportunity to deepen their spiritual connection. Take solace in knowing that you are never alone in your pain. This truth transcends well-wishing and well-intentioned platitudes from others. This truth becomes a place where you lean, where you empty and refill yourself, where your faith takes over to guide you on the days when your body is spent and broken. Meditate on this truth that you are cared for, that you will survive this, that you are loved beyond measure. Seek comfort in prayer, meditation, or engaging with Scripture. There is evidence for you to find.  Allow the wisdom of your faith to guide you on this journey through anger, blame, shame, old wounds, discoveries of unforgiveness and the soul weariness of grief. As you walk through it, you will find that others are walking alongside you when you are ready to say hello again.

5.  Stay connected. We heal in community; we suffer in isolation. For the introvert, staying connected to one other person is sometimes plentiful. Identify someone who understands who and how you are and who can provide healthy support and respect your process even if it does not make sense to them.   When you are ready for more, consider finding connection through your local community grief groups.

Remember the mimosa pudica: You will never stay fully closed. You are under construction. The evidence is there. Afterall, you are still alive and breathing. We are here to help with the pain. 

For those who are caring for a grieving introvert. Remember the mimosa pudica: sensitive, unrushed, gentle, beautiful, and nourishing when nourished. Do not ask them what they need as they might not know. Walk alongside and stay silent and present for as long as it takes. Let them walk alone when you need a break as well.

We will open to gentle connection when:

1.  The time feels right

2.  We feel safe

3.  We are ready to connect

If you feel stuck in grief and you are looking for connection to move through the pain of your loss, click for a consultation below.