To cry is to heal.

Let yourself have a good cry whenever you feel inclined!

We learn at the Beyond Success seminar that emotions are “energy in motion” and it is healthy to fully express our emotions regularly so that they don’t build up. Unexpressed emotions can lead to depression, physical illnesses or pain and blockages that stop us from living the life of our dreams. Many people have been strongly conditioned not to cry, however, and are not so easily convinced that they need to.

I found a great article by Dr Judith Orloff (author of “Emotional Freedom”), which outlines specific health benefits of tears and crying. I have summarised it here.

Have you ever had a really “good cry”, after which you felt better? Unfortunately many people are ashamed to cry and see it as weak. The truth is tears are a sign of strength, courage and authenticity. Typically after crying, our breathing and heart rate decrease and we enter into a calmer biological and emotional state.

It is often when we don’t cry that the sadness sits within us and we become depressed. And then we find ourselves crying when we might not have anything to cry about because our body needs to release that energy.
Studies have shown that crying releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, as well as “feel good” hormones.

Something Dr Orloff also mentions in her blog is that emotional tears contain stress hormones and toxins, which get excreted from the body through crying!! On the other hand, the tears that merely lubricate the eyes are 98% water!! Finally, Dr Orloff says, “Let go of outmoded, untrue, conceptions about crying. It is good to cry. It is healthy to cry. This helps to emotionally clear sadness and stress.”

To read the full article, please go to http://www.drjudithorloff.com/_blog/Dr_Judith_Orloff%27s_Blog/post/Health_Advise_The_Healing_Power_of_Tears/
Accessed 5/8/2011

Here’s to the tears healing us.  Lexia

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