Today on The Mindvalley Show, step into a world of profound transformation as we welcome Michael Beckwith, the spiritual luminary and best-selling author. Beckwith unpacks the power of embracing sadness as a gateway to unlocking your innate joy. The point is not to avoid or battle sadness; it’s about welcoming it as a trusted companion on your life’s journey. By observing and accepting sadness, Beckwith explains how you can transcend it, tap into your wellspring of happiness, and find a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment.

This episode goes beyond theory. Beckwith shares personal experiences and equips you with practical tools to navigate the often turbulent waters of sadness. You’ll explore the three pivotal stages in dealing with heartbreak and loss: acceptance, harvesting the good, and forgiveness. These stages form the roadmap to coping with sadness and transforming it into a catalyst for growth. By the end of this episode, you’ll have a new perspective on embracing sadness as a stepping stone to a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.

Unlock the secrets to genuine joy and self-discovery. It’s time to shift your perspective on sadness and use it as a powerful tool for personal growth.


Key takeaways:

[04:23] Observing and embracing sadness

[07:07] Viewing sadness as a passing presence 

[11:51] Why you should not mask your sadness 

[13:12] The nature of our being: joy, intelligence, and love

[16:07] Three stages to get through a broken relationship

[20:59] The root of unworthiness

[21:59] Asking how life sees us and what life asks of us

[23:56] Sadness becomes an opening for more life to flow


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Memorable Quotes:

“Anything you observe is changing based on observation. So when you observe sadness, but you’re not trying to get rid of it, you’re not trying to ignore it, deny it, but you’re observing it to be free. You’re observing it to come back to your real nature. Then the fabric of it begins to speed up, it begins to change, and you walk with it.” [11:25] -Michael Beckwith

“We have to become uninterested in what we think others are thinking about us. And we have to ask ourselves a question. What does life think about me right now?” [20:28] -Michael Beckwith


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