The internationally recognized teacher, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love argues that our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our lives, disconnecting us from our deepest emotions and preventing true healing and spiritual transcendence.
Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, world-renowned teacher, and one of the most important spiritual voices of our time. In Tears to Triumph, she argues that we—as a culture and as individuals—have learned to avoid facing pain. By doing so, we are neglecting the spiritual work of healing.
Instead of allowing ourselves to embrace our hurt, we numb it, medicate it, dismiss it, or otherwise divert our attention so that we never have to face it. In refusing to acknowledge our suffering, we actually prolong it and deny ourselves the opportunity for profound wisdom—ultimately limiting our personal growth and opportunity for enlightenment. Frozen by denial, we are left standing in the breech. Whole industries profit from this immobility, and while they have grown rich, we have become spiritually poorer.
As Marianne makes clear, true healing and transcendence can only come when we finally face our pain and wrestle with what it has to teach us. Written with warm compassion and profound wisdom, Tears to Triumph offers us a powerful way forward through the pain, to a deeper awareness of our feelings, our lives, and our true selves.
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This book is a necessary, insightful and eloquently written piece about our society today, the epidemic of sadness that permeates our culture, and the ways in which we can overcome it. In an age when we are often told to either 'just be happy' or encouraged to pop a pill to alleviate it, Ms Williamson reminds us that 'the avoidance of sadness decreases our capacity to learn from it.' Utilising scripture, Williamson reminds us that three of the great religious traditions have at their heart a story of suffering and its transcendence. Delving into her knowledge of A Course in Miracles and her many years of writing, speaking and teaching, Williamson helps us all - whether we are grieving the loss of a loved one, sad about the breakdown of a relationship, depressed over the state of the world - to remember that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. She only reminds us to feel the sadness, harnessing its weighty power for the attainment of happiness.
This book is so beautiful and so timely. Marianne Williamson is one of the premiere spiritual teachers of our times. Her deep understanding and sweet compassion come through in this book. She takes you by the hand and gently leads you to some real healing within. Especially helpful for people suffering from sadness, depression, loss, or other life-limiting feelings. I saw Marianne's book-launch presentation live, online, this week. The tragic events in Orlando, FL had just happened. Her wonderful insight helped me to process a deep sadness over this horrific killing event. I recommend this book. It will become a treasured companion to you in your life's journey. Bless you, Marianne. Thank you for writing this book.
Any kind of deep sadness I've faced thus far in life (death of a close relative, difficult break up, etc.) has had a script for some brand of anti-anxiety medication or antidepressant attached to it. So, I felt like I was sleepwalking through a big part of my 20s and as a result, I couldn't agree more with Marianne's viewpoint.
In an age where most physicians are trained to address symptoms with the newest big pharma push, a different take on this epidemic is refreshing. I personally feel like numbing one's emotions with prescription drugs is like wrapping yourself up in Saran Wrap. It's a hindrance to real connection. It further withdraws the psyche, makes it difficult to connect with others, and prolongs suffering because the underlying issues, causing one's sadness to begin with, are not usually dealt with - just placated.
I hope anyone struggling with any kind of sadness can choose to have an open-mind long enough to read this book and be cognizant of...
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