Grief is a normal, instinctive response to loss or impending loss. Grief changes whoever it touches without discrimination. Embracing the change is key for healing and positive transformation. Introspection or reflection can be a useful, perhaps therapeutic, process when you are grieving. Indeed, silence, reflection, love and humility are the most precious offerings on the sacred altar of the soul. Soul Comfort is the first book to examine grief holistically through concise insights into the related concepts of consciousness, death and love for healing and positive transformation. Death does not extinguish consciousness. Death transforms and distils consciousness. And the grief you feel for someone is proportionate to the love you feel for them - the deeper your love, the deeper your grief. Uplifting, unique and thought-provoking insights from the author of The Audible Life Ancient Secret of Dying While Living will offer comfort to your soul and may profoundly change your perceptions of grief, death, consciousness, love and transformation. If your perceptions are changed, you will know that your own transformative journey has begun.
Alistair Conwell was born into an Anglo-Indian family in India but grew up in Australia. He has post-graduate degrees in psychology and business.
Alistair spent three years travelling around the world including Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, Taiwan and the Indian sub-continent. While overseas, he visited and stayed at different types of spiritual communities, learnt various meditation techniques and deepened his understanding of spirituality, meditation, death and the nature of consciousness. His books and articles have been published internationally, and he has been interviewed by US, Canadian and UK radio stations about his writings.
This was a beautiful read. Deep, poetic, but also facing the reality of grief for what it is, not trying to make light of it. It flowed like a stream of consciousness from section to section, and was very meditative. I greatly appreciate that, as suffering is such an integrally personal and soulful reality, it can never be explained through chalk-board semantics or even classical rhetorical methods. It has to be "savored" in a sense, and mourned over to the very depths of ourselves, before it can ever be transformative. While some elements of the book had a definite Buddhist, or even perhaps Sufi, flavor, I found myself in sync with what I believe as a mystically-geared Catholic. Honestly, it transcended religious divides, and brought together the universal reality of mystical experiences across the spiritual and cultural spectrum. I would highly recommend it both for those going through the grieving process or for anyone who wants to expand their perspective on love being stronger than death for, as the book beautifully puts it, "Love is the face of the Soul."