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Bereavement. Depression. Sadness. Grief. These are not easy matters. Yet every one of us faces times in our lives when things are so intensely difficult, it can feel like almost too much to bear.
Whether it’s the loss of a job, a loved one or an unexpected devastation that shakes us to our core, the pain we feel is sharp, deep and very real. The problem is that most of us have little to no training in how to deal with this level of pain — emotionally, intellectually or spiritually.
That’s why I was thrilled to learn Marianne Williamson, my dear friend and acclaimed author, speaker and activist, wrote a book called Tears to Triumph addressing these very issues. Something the world needs now, almost more than ever.
Marianne argues that psychic pain, like physical pain, exists for a reason and must be listened to for the message it conveys. She also believes the epidemic of depression we’re seeing today should be seen for what it really is: a collective cry for the healing of our hearts.Learning from sadness can bear great fruit, avoiding it can have hidden costs. @marwilliamson Click To Tweet
If you or someone you love is experiencing one of those deeply challenging times, this episode of MarieTV is a must watch. Even if you’re not — her perspective on sadness and depression is important to hear. Especially since our modern culture often urges us to numb our pain and deny our struggles to maintain a perfectly happy (and false) self-image.
Marianne is one of the most gifted writers, speakers and spiritual teachers of our generation. Personally, I learned a lot from this episode and I hope you will too. A few highlights include:
- Why asking yourself “How can I end this grief immediately?” is the wrong question to ask, and what to ask instead
- The spiritual principles that deliver us from our pain and how to apply them
- How to reconcile feeling deeply sad, empty or depressed — especially when everything in your life is “technically” going fine
- How to genuinely support someone who is grieving or depressed
We end this episode with a beautiful prayer from Marianne’s new book, Tears to Triumph. I was so moved by it that we also made her prayer a downloadable audio so you can listen to it as often as needed, or share it with those you love.
As Marianne shares…
“In avoiding our sadness we avoid our lives. Learning from our sadness can bear great fruit, and avoiding it can have hidden costs. Our choice is between feeling the sharp pains of self-discovery or enduring the dull ache of unconsciousness that will last for the rest of our lives.”
Now, Marianne and I would love to hear from you.
What’s the single biggest insight you’re taking away from this discussion? Do you have a specific experience of growth, or a deepening of your humanity as a result of experiencing your own dark night of the soul?
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