Sadness is an inevitable part of life. Though we sometimes wish we could be happy all of the time, it is moments of sadness or pain that often thrust us into the most dramatic growth periods or life changes. What if we welcomed our pain and asked it what it has to teach us instead of trying to push it away? Sadness is perhaps pointing to something we need to let go of in order to rejuvenate ourselves.
Here are some religious perspectives on sadness:
The Kabbalah says the entire universe is imperfect, incomplete, fragmented and in need of repair and healing. As human beings we are not expected to be perfect, we are only to participate in the healing of ourselves and the world.
Buddhists recognize suffering as a universal human experience. Sadness is not punishment; rather, it is cue from our body, mind and soul that we need to examine our emotional state and get to the source of the feelings.
Christians say that Christ said, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt 5:4). The Bible says, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16).
Here are 7 pieces to help you cry:
1) Dido’s Lament (From the Opera Did and Aeneas by Henry Purcell)
2) Moonlight Sonata (By Ludwig van Beethoven)
3) Schindler’s List Theme (By John Williams)
4) What’ll I Do? (By Irving Berlin)
5) The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn (By Ralph Stanley)
6) Crying Time (By Buck Owens)
7) Let It Be (By The Beatles)
With love and music, Gaili