In today’s Forward Movement the author talks about entering into lament. I admit not having thought of lament as a positive emotion or state. If one had asked me about the word’s definition I would describe it as holding a pity party. The author however reminds that lament is not just about wrongs done to us, but wrongs done by us.
As the author notes, the last two years have seemed to be a prolonged time of lament, but as I take the word into my meditation I find emotions that need to be confronted and wrongs put right. For example, “who am I to complain?” Don’t I owe to my friends, family, and neighbors to lead by example of joy and love during this long period of lament. Pity parties are best held alone.
I don’t recommend entering into lament for any length of time, but for an occasional moment of self-examination it is a worthwhile exercise.