Remember to Give Thanks for Life, Love and Light....
Frankl said, "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the
last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of
circumstances, to choose one's own way." Viktor Frankl was a Holocaust
survivor (as well as Psychoanalyst/Author/Philosopher). He was
able to find the meaning of life in those harsh moments in suffering.
His recognition that suffering is part of life, and part of the human
condition. His idea was similar to the Buddhist philosophy of "living
in the moment," which in my own words is to embrace our emotions,
whether they be sadness, fear, or anger. Embrace the human condition.
Rather than acting on these emotions to try to relieve them, and make
them go away by taking action (emotional reactivity) try what we call
"sitting with your emotions." Let me explain, suffering is half of
life. Without sadness there is no happiness. Without
pain, no joy. Without day there is no night. The Buddhist philosophy
would encourage us to not feel any emotion too strongly. So, in other
words, stop fighting your emotions. Sit down and breathe instead. This
idea is important if you suffer from mood swings, mania,
depression/sadness, stress, fear, anger, for any reason whether it be
holidays, or otherwise.
The holiday season time of year can be a joyous time for many and for many the holidays bring about sadness and sorrow. Chances
are if you are reading this you are at your computer, and thus you are
also blessed with having shelter, food and clothing this holiday
season. Feelings of sadness, stress, anger, sorrow? Or enjoying the
moment? You decide.