Sadness in October

I went to yoga yesterday with friends, and during Savasana ("Corpse Pose," where you lay on your back for a period of meditation and relaxation), our instructor told us about the “Happiness Workshop” that the studio would be teaching in September. She paused on that thought, then added, "Sadness is in October." The room erupted in laughter. 

A Sadness Workshop in October - how silly! How completely opposite of every self-help book on the shelf! We usually try to "should" our way out of sadness or any other negative feeling:

I should be more grateful.
I should not stress about this.
I should focus on the positive.
I should take a Happiness Workshop.

I should, I should, I should.

 

But what if we didn’t try to force ourselves to be happy? What if we learned to value melancholy? What if allowing ourselves to feel sad can help us cope with the inherent struggle of being human?

I would definitely sign up for Sadness in October, and I bet it would go something like this:

Thank you for reading,
Lucy Horton

 

Cover Photo of Virginia Woolf


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