If you have followed any of our Mindfulness A-Z so far you you will know that at the heart of mindful meditation is taking notice of what is going on at any given time, without judging it in any way.
As well as taking notice of what is going on in the outside world, this involves paying attention to what is going on within you, what you are feeling, both physically and emotionally at that very moment… some days this can be easy, some days this can be oh so tough.
Our sadness can be one of the most challenging things we need to sit with – in real life situations there can be a tendency to shy away from sorrow, channelling it into anger, blame, and despair. Pushing the sadness down to unreachable depths. But a Mindfulness Mindset encourages us to take note of the emotions we experience, and particularly in the case of sadness, let them happen.
Sitting in meditation with our sadness, recognising it for what it is, without looking for circumstances before it to blame, or behaviours in front of it to fix or avenge, can be hugely rewarding and worthwhile.
To recognise our own sadness with no strings attached allows us the freedom to recognise sadness in others. To develop empathy, compassion, and a willingness to take action to support without expectation of something in return.
It also enables us to release the sadness in its pure state, without looking accuse or blame, and without channelling anger, resentment, hopelessness or despair.
To take time to sit with your sadness is not just beneficial to you.