notes on sadness

"Sadness lies at the very core of being. Lay the heart bare of every other feeling and inevitably you will come up upon sadness, ready, like the quickened seed, to put forth its green leaf. One does not have to hold onto sadness, however. Releasing sadness is a discipline, like mindful breathing. Breath in, you feel it, breath out, you release it. Breath in, a tear rolls down your cheek, breath out, you feel gratitude for its warmth. Breathe in, and smile. Be kind to yourself, take baby steps."  - The Heroines Journey, Maureen Murdock