Sadness is an emotion that is triggered every time we find ourselves experiencing a loss. It is often accompanied by a sense of emptiness and melancholy. If at first glance, it can be considered an unpleasant emotion, sadness has its usefulness. It can help us say goodbye to what has been and prepare a new life strategy.
What is sadness?
Sadness is an emotion, a state of mind, a feeling that is part of the life of each of us. Over the course of our lives, we have certainly tried it several times and through numerous vicissitudes – the end of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or following unexpected and difficult to manage changes. We also become sad when we lose a precious and useful object, or when we see our earnings decrease.
Sadness, like anger and fear, is part of the group of primary emotions
Of those emotions that represent innate responses to stimuli and that we all express, even if in very primitive forms, from birth. It can be defined as a psychic state characterized by grief and low mood, attributable to a particular pain and sometimes a persistent sense of melancholy. Often in common parlance, there is a tendency to confuse sadness with depression or to mistake the term inappropriately. Instead, it is important and fundamental to distinguish.
Sadness is a transitory emotion, it can last for a few hours or a few days
It does not significantly affect our daily life, nor the way we interpret relationships with others. Depression, on the other hand, is a real psychic pathology that falls into the category of mood disorders. And it can be highly disabling, as it significantly affects daily activities, also negatively affects social and working relationships.
Depression also has a series of specific symptoms and tends to manifest itself with persistent sad mood, psychomotor slowdown, decreased interest or pleasure in activities.
How can we handle the sadness?
Sadness is an emotion that is triggered every time we find ourselves experiencing a loss. It makes us think about what we have lost and which no longer exists, or what we wanted and did not get. At that point, a sense of loneliness, melancholy, of inner emptiness creep into us. Undoubtedly unpleasant emotions, which at first glance we would like to drive away or ignore.
When we feel sad, in fact, we lose enthusiasm, the will to live and hope weakens. Yet sadness, like all other emotions, however unpleasant, has something to tell us. Not listening to it would be a mistake. Recognizing its value allows us to change attitudes and behaviors that are not useful to us.
We can manage sadness through reflection
When we think back to what happened, we can understand where we went wrong, and what we can learn from that situation. Understanding what happened allows us to say goodbye to what has been and prepare a new life strategy.
Here then is that sadness can become a very important instrument of inner transformation, not to be underestimated. It is simply about learning to live it fully without being overwhelmed.
While in many cases the reason for our sadness is clear to us, in others, it may not be. We feel sad without knowing why. To clarify, it might be useful to ask questions, so as to understand its origins. Sadness is often linked to our inner contradictions (for example between what we think and what we do). And it wants to signal us if we have been faithful to our desires, our dreams, or our relationships. The key question, in this case, might be – Was I true to my wishes?
Sadness and planetary transits
Saturn, in the course of its transits, (especially the difficult ones), strongly influences our emotions. The planet reveals to us our conditioning, the fear of changing, of experimenting, makes us sad for the end of a story or a cycle of our life. Saturn promotes healthy cuts, so as to bring new life into our life.
The planetary transits of Saturn can make us grow or slide us into sadness, but also into depression. Due to its privative function, our needs or desires can be frustrated and find it difficult to fulfill. The purpose, however, is not to break us down, but to let us find our certainties within ourselves and not from what comes to us from the outside.
Feeling sadness during a transit of Saturn to the Sun, the Moon, or Venus is definitely understandable since in every change there is always a hidden side, something that goes away – the departure from a way of doing, of living, of loving.
Therefore, it is essential to always try to look at the other side of the coin in what happens to us. Sadness can be a stimulus, if deeply understood, to give oneself new life goals. We must learn to accept what we feel in relation to what is changing. Accept the cyclical nature of things.
Look at the bright side of the transformations. For each cycle that closes, a new one always opens. Welcoming sadness means opening the door to hope. Keep in mind that nothing is written and that the future is the result of our present. And the decisions we make day by day for ourselves and for our life.