Monday, June 26, 2017

In Praise of Melancholia

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June 26, 2017

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In Praise of Melancholia

There is something so enchanting in the smile of melancholy. It is a ray of light in the darkness, a shade between sadness and despair, showing the possibility of consolation.

- Leo Tolstoy -

In Praise of Melancholia

The science of behavioral epigenetic explores how melancholy can be passed down through the generations at the level of our DNA. Long seen as a key element in artistic inspiration, melancholia often helps turn pain and sorrow into healing, ultimately leading to an acceptance of life's inescapable emotional sufferings and wounds. Indigenous and shamanic cultures such as that of Aboriginal Australia have long believed that whatever suffering we have absorbed from our ancestors' experiences can be psychically healed in the present by an effort of understanding. { read more }

Be The Change

Bring your thoughts to what you know of any hardships and dark experiences your parents and grandparents may have suffered and embrace whatever pain it evokes in you. Perhaps this can help you and your children, and even relieve those who are long gone in some way.

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