“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlyn, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder in your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewer of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then—to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it.” ~T.H. White (from The Book of Merlyn)
I agree with Merlyn on this one; learning something new is the very best antidote for being sad. As wonderful as yoga has proven to be for me, part of the benefit I have found in my yoga teacher training is that I am learning something new. The combination of the learning and the yoga itself has been a powerful force to help draw me out of my sadness.
Even now, when life seems to be getting better day by day, I still have moments when sadness over the losses I have suffered over the last couple of years feels like it will overwhelm me. In those moments, focusing my attention on learning something through reading, study, or observation is the most reliable thing I’ve found to keep myself from drowning in it.
I think learning helps partly because it redirects our focus away from our sadness onto something else and partly because it revives our curiosity and amazement about life in general. It’s hard (for me) to remain stuck in my sadness for too long when I am reminded about how many amazing things are part of this world of ours that I have yet to experience.
No wonder I have a life-long love affair with reading! It’s a fantastic source for learning.
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