When grief wraps its arms around us, it can feel like the warmth of happiness has slipped through our fingers. Yet, deep inside, a tiny flame still flickers, waiting to be rekindled. You know, in those heavy-hearted times when shadows seem to have swallowed the world, turning to mindfulness and deep, genuine acceptance can help us find our way back to that missing sunshine.

Grief is one of the most human experiences we can go through. It’s a raw, aching reminder of how vulnerable we can be, and it can leave us feeling isolated and lost. But here is what I want to share with you, my friend. I feel that even in the depths of grief, there’s a hidden strength within each of us. When we learn to tap into that strength, we can find moments of joy and happiness, even in our darkest hours, while embracing our human experience.

When grief wraps its arms around us, it can feel like the warmth of happiness has slipped through our fingers

And when our world feels like it’s crumbling around us, we can lean on our own strength and resilience to find that happiness hiding just beneath the surface. So, let’s sit down together, just like friends do, and have a heart-to-heart about how we can gently find our way back to happiness.

First off, let’s be open to feeling everything. There’s no need to hold back. It’s okay to let the tears flow and to laugh when we remember a happy memory. When we embrace our emotions without judgment, we give ourselves permission to heal and to rediscover the happiness that’s been hiding within us.

Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is to accept the reality of our loss. But when we learn to embrace our situation with open arms, we can find the courage to keep moving forward. Life may have changed, but our capacity for love and happiness hasn’t. So, let’s remember that it’s okay to grieve and still find joy in the little things that life has to offer.

When life gets tough, it’s really important to do things that awaken pleasant feelings or happiness within you. You’ve got those hobbies or special people in your life that just make your heart feel all warm and fuzzy, right? Well, spending time doing those things or being with those people can actually help you find that happiness hidden deep inside you. And when you focus on these good moments, it’s like a little reminder that, hey, there’s still some good stuff in the world even when things are rough. It’s all about finding a balance and holding onto those bright spots.

You know, when we’re going through a tough time, we often forget to be kind to ourselves. It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this, a lot of people go through similar situations, and you deserve all the love and support in the world. Just think about how you’d treat a close friend going through the same thing – you deserve that same kindness too. So, please, give yourself the same compassion you would give to a dear friend. You’re worth it.

When the weight of the world feels too heavy, it can be helpful to just take a moment to breathe. Just pause and feel your breath, the rise and fall of your chest that happens all by itself. Take a deep, slow breath in… and all out… It’s a simple act, but it can bring a sense of calm and connection to the present moment. And in those quiet moments, we might find glimpses of the happiness that’s still alive within us.

Life is constantly changing, and sometimes it can be tough to accept that. But when we remember that everything in life is impermanent, we can learn to cherish the moments of joy we’ve experienced and the ones yet to come.

You know how they say “happiness comes from within”? Well, it’s true, yet part of that comes from connecting with other people. When we open up and share what we’re going through, it’s like this weight lifts off our shoulders because we realize we’re not alone in this. And when we connect with others, it’s not just about sharing our struggles – it’s also about sharing the good stuff, too. These connections we make with others can help us to unlock that inner happiness and healing we’re looking for, and that’s something truly special.

I find comfort in knowing that even in our darkest moments, there’s a light within us that can never be extinguished. No matter how dark the night, the sun will always rise again, casting its light on the happiness that’s been within us all along. Through mindful acceptance, we can find our way back to the happiness that’s been waiting for us all along.

I love you.

In the Depths of Sorrow

When grief enfolds me in its mournful shroud,
the warmth of joy escapes my anguished grasp,
and in the depths of sorrow I’m so tightly bound,
lost in a world that seems so far beyond.

Yet, even in the midst of pain and strife,
a tiny spark still flickers deep inside,
awaiting breath to kindle love’s unclasp,
longing to break free from grief’s grasp.

As I brave the night and seek that distant land,
where happiness and sorrow intertwine,
I’m learning how to hold grief’s pain in hand,
and give my heart some time to heal and thrive.

Embracing aches and tears that freely flow,
the laughter born from memories once bright,
and in these moments,
healing seeds I sow,
and grant myself the gift of tender light.

Acceptance of my loss is not an easy go,
as I’m opening my heart to embrace what life may ask.
In life’s great pattern threads intertwine and flow,
the strength of human spirit weaves in kind.

From sorrow’s depths, I’ll rise again,
emerging with a Love that flows with warmth,
and though my heart may ache and bear the strain,
I find the strength to heal, while learning how to grow.

As I hold the pain and sorrow,
I find the strength to venture through,
because only in the midst of darkness,
I see the stars shine bright
and all their might comes true.

(2019 © Julia Delaney)

In the Depths of Sorrow

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Love ❤️, Julia

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