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  • Writer's pictureLauren L. Murphy

Thin Space No. 40: Grief in the Body

The Question

Where does grief sit in your body?


The Intention



The Meditative Moment

We have come so far in recognizing the emotional and mental aspects of grieving. We are beginning to uncover the physical ones. And yet, anyone who has grieved knows that grieving is physical: the tears we cry, the heaviness we carry, the lethargy that stagnates, the tightness that binds. Take time today for a body scan. Sit or lay down; close your eyes or soften your gaze. Beginning at the crown of your head, move your attention through your body: crown of the head, forehead, temples, eyes, nose, jaw, neck, shoulders, upper arms, forearms, hands, chest, abdomen, low back, pelvis, hips, thighs, calves, feet. As you pause at each area of the body, notice how it feels today, if there is tension, if it is calm, if it’s holding anything. Breathe deeply. Release what you no longer need to hold. Be patient if release takes time.

Waves crashing

Originally sent September 9, 2023, to paid Substack subscribers. If you want to receive current Thin Space reflections, you can start a paid subscription here: You can choose to pay $75/year or $8/month.

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