Recorded April 14, 2024

Grieving in Community

The Sacred Path of the Broken Heart

A Community Gathering with Mirabai Starr & Mona Haydar

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“I burn in my bed all night grieving beloveds I will never know dying in faraway Palestine. I wake in my comfortable home where I am safe and free. I fling my prayers across the round earth. Stop the bloodshed.”
– Mirabai Starr

In these times of unbearable anguish, as the already beleaguered Palestinian community is being massacred and starved before our astonished eyes, our own grieving flows into the sea of human suffering and we remember that we belong to each other. You are invited to bring your tenderness, your agony, your passion for beauty and your quiet hope for peace and justice, to this little oasis in the desert where we reclaim the connection between personal loss and global grief, between mourning and blessing, between shattering loss and renewed access to the divine.

This online event is a sacred space to explore the interconnection between the grief we carry in our hearts and the collective mourning of this world’s immense suffering.

In recognizing our shared grief, we find solace as one human family, bound together on this journey of lament and belonging. Our personal and global mourning are intrinsically linked, they are part of a great chain that connects us all in a sacred circle.

A recording of this conversation is available indefinitely to SAND members and for one week to others.


Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book, WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, was named one of the “Best Books of 2019”. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

Mona Haydar

Mona Haydar is a young Muslim Syrian-American poet, musician, workshop leader and speaker who gained global recognition through her “Ask A Muslim” project and the viral hip-hop music video “Hijabi (Wrap My Hijab).” Her debut EP “Barbarican” addresses global patriarchy, orientalism, immigration policy, white supremacy, and suicide. A Master’s graduate in Theology from Union Theological Seminary, Mona speaks at churches, synagogues, universities and international forums, engaging audiences on art, Islam, feminism, hip hop, theology, and interfaith dialogue. Follow her inspiring journey on Instagram @themostmona.

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