The Magical Healing Properties of Sadness

Letting go, relaxing, and rejuvenating: These are the gifts of sadness

New course starts January 22nd!

I’ve been watching the emotional behavior on the left and the right here in the U.S., and it pretty much goes like this: Anger, fear, panic, hatred, depression, despair, and then it starts again at anger. These are all valuable emotions when you know how to regulate them, but if you don’t, they can pile up and ruin your mood, your relationships, and your social environment.

Something crucial is missing. An emotion that I’m not seeing very often is healthy sadness, which is a healing force of almost magical proportions. Sadness is the great down-regulator of the emotional realm.

Your healthy sadness can help you let go of things that don’t work, ideas that are outdated, and attitudes that don’t help. When you allow your sadness to help you let go, you can make room for things that DO work, ideas that are fresh and new, and attitudes that have value and can bring you someplace worthwhile.

Your ability to work with your sadness is also directly connected to your ability to feel happiness and joy. Surprise!

This month (January 22nd) , we’re excited to announce Befriending Sadness, an online course at Empathy Academy. This course is taught by double-licensed Dynamic Emotional Integration® Trainer and Consultant Anchen Texter, and it’s the perfect emotion to welcome in at this time.

Befriending your healing sadness and learning how to work with it is one of the most important things you can do for your emotional health, for your relationships, for your outlook, and for your social environment. Welcome your healthy sadness; it will help you change everything for the better.

In this video, Anchen and I talk about the vital healing influence of sadness.

Befriending Sadness

Welcoming Flow into Your Life

When your sadness is flowing and welcome in your life, then everything seems to work more easily. Having a healthy relationship with sadness means that you recognize when it’s time to let things go, and you have practices to help you do so. Relaxing and taking care of yourself comes easily when you can access your sadness — and you’ll feel revitalized because of it.

Learn more or register here


In this course, facilitated by Licensed DEI Trainer and Consultant Anchen Texter, you’ll be inviting the flow of sadness to help release old ideas around what sadness is and isn’t. You’ll also be delving deeper into the gifts of sadness, the practices to help you stay present with your emotions, and the relationship between sadness and anger. While you might think that a course about sadness will be heavy and feel like molasses, there’s a little-known secret about sadness that will keep it flowing: sadness can clear the way for joy and happiness!

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • The messages and gifts in sadness
  • The 5 Empathic Mindfulness practices
  • How to work with sadness to embrace change gracefully
  • The relationship between sadness and anger
  • How to work with the other emotions in the sadness family, such as grief, depression, and the suicidal urge
  • The integral place of sadness in self-care

Course Details

Length: 4 weeks

Dates: Monday, January 22nd to Friday, February 16th 2018

Price: $195

Learning and Interaction Structure: Reading curriculum, forum discussions, live webinar trainings and discussions (one hour per week), audio files, and course PDFs.

Live Webinar Discussions: These weekly one-hour sessions will be scheduled based on participant availability (these sessions will be recorded if you cannot attend).

Register here for Befriending Sadness


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