In this teaching, Marianne Williamson discusses topics from her book, Tears to Triumph: Spiritual Healing for the Modern Plagues of Anxiety and Depression. With her unique brand of compassion and wisdom, Marianne Williamson shares her perspectives on the nature of happiness, health, suffering, loss and gratitude. She posits that our desire to avoid pain is actually detrimental to our well-being. By avoiding pain — a natural and integral part of life— we disconnect from our emotions and inhibit the deep healing and spiritual transcendence that only deep pain can bring. However, by facing our emotions and engaging with discomfort, we learn what it is there to teach us. In this way, we can grow from it and truly heal ourselves and improve our lives.

Learning Objectives

In this teaching, you will:

  • Evaluate your beliefs about pain and loss, suffering and grief.
  • Understand that you are love and extending love is your ultimate purpose.
  • Compare false and true sources of lasting happiness in your life.
  • Choose to proactively cultivate your own health and happiness.
  • Apply gratitude as a strategy to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Guiding Thoughts

Before watching the modules in this teaching, please reflect on the following questions:

  • Have you ever experienced deep sadness, pain, grief or loss? Most of us have, and all of us will eventually. Remember that you are not alone; everyone goes through difficult times like this at some point in their lives.
  • Do you believe you can find lasting happiness from the things that exist in the material world? Does “happiness” come from “out there” or is it something you must generate from within?
  • What is your purpose? Not your career or life goals, but the true reason for your existence on planet earth at this time, in this body.
  • Do you consider it your responsibility to proactively cultivate your good health? Do you feel the same way about proactively cultivating your personal happiness?
  • What are your beliefs about death? Does the book of life continue on to a new chapter after your physical death? Does the book end at the moment of death? Or perhaps you believe something else entirely
  • How important is the practice of gratitude in your life? Given that there is the potential for heartbreak every day, how do you cultivate gratitude for what you have and those you love now, today, every day?

Course Information

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