sitting with our sadness [daily om]

Sitting with Our Sadness
The Heart of Humanity

by Madisyn Taylor


Sitting with our sadness takes
the courage to believe that we
can bear the pain and
we will come out the other side.

The last thing most of us want to hear or think about when we are dealing with profound feelings of sadness is that deep learning can be found in this place. In the midst of our pain, we often feel picked on by life, or overwhelmed by the enormity of some loss, or simply too exhausted to try and examine the situation. We may feel far too disappointed and angry to look for anything resembling a bright side to our suffering. Still, somewhere in our hearts, we know that we will eventually emerge from the depths into the light of greater awareness. Remembering this truth, no matter how elusive it seems, can help.

The other thing we often would rather not hear when we are dealing with intense sadness is that the only way out of it is through it. Sitting with our sadness takes the courage to believe that we can bear the pain and the faith that we will come out the other side. With courage, we can allow ourselves to cycle through the grieving process with full inner permission to experience it. This is a powerful teaching that sadness has to offer us—the ability to surrender and the acceptance of change go hand in hand.

Another teaching of sadness is compassion for others who are in pain, because it is only in feeling our own pain that we can really understand and allow for someone else’s. Sadness is something we all go through, and we all learn from it and are deepened by its presence in our lives. While our own individual experiences of sadness carry with them unique lessons, the implications of what we learn are universal. The wisdom we gain from going through the process of feeling loss, heartbreak, or deep disappointment gives us access to the heart of humanity.


4 thoughts on “sitting with our sadness [daily om]

  1. We love you too!! You made me cry again. Soul fridnes stay fridnes, right? And, heck ya, you’ve got a place in Tyler to stay whenever you have the urge for trees and hills and some company. I wish you were here

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  3. Sitting with our sadness is wise but receiving comforting words from others helps with the healing process too. What is truly sad is when some people think that pretending the pain doesn’t exist, and acting as if everything is as before, will make it go away for those who are mourning or suffering. To console others and wish them well is the compassionate, humane thing to do. Running away from others when they are hurting is bizarre behavior at best and thoughtless at worst… TY for your post. I love Daily OM and read it daily. 😉

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