“What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul.” – Jewish Proverb
I recently experienced a very saddening personal loss. One that deserved a good cry, but I found that every time I started to cry, something inside me pulled back and stopped me. Whether I was alone or with dear friends that wanted to comfort me, the tears would not flow.
Being experienced in energy healing, I knew that holding back tears could really hurt me in the long run so I went to my acupuncturist for help. She explained that unlike her eastern culture, our western culture teaches us that crying means you are weak and vulnerable, so many of us instinctively hold back when the tears start to flow.
Crying doesn’t make us weak. In fact, it makes us stronger after the release. A good emotional cry is scientifically proven to relieve stress, lower your blood pressure and remove toxins from your body.
As luck would have it, my sister invited me to see a Nicholas Sparks tearjerker movie this weekend and I gladly accepted. I will bring my packet of tissues and try my best to let my grief go so I can move forward stronger than ever.
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving