“I encourage crying because it purges negative energy and allows for new postive energy to fill us up”
~ Sharon Martin, Licensed Psychotherapist, San Jose, California
That’s a bold and awesome way to look at tears. Emotional detox. Clearing space inside. Ditching the negativity.
We tend to think of only light and happy and dancing emotions as socially acceptable and “good” but a good cry can be intensely good both physically and emotionally.
There are many reasons to shed tears. Sometimes it is an emotional response to loss or grief, sometimes it’s a happy ending for the protagonist in a movie, and other times it’s a way for our eyes to expel irritants like chopping onion tears, or to purge toxins like dust in your eyes, or to self-correct dry eyes.
Experts believe that our tears have many emotional and health benefits.
Check out the results when Rose Lynn Fisher decided to put various tears under a microscope.
Just like the powerful Emoto studies about how water changes its crystalline structure when exposed to various emotions, the images of varous tears are a wild spectrum of chemicals and characteristics.
Our body uses tears as a way to detox and release. While tears from dust in our eyes serve the purpose of protecting and clearing the eye, tears of grief or even tears of change carry varous stress hormones out of the body.
” Joseph Stromberg of the Smithsonian’s Collage of Arts and Sciences explained that there are three major types of tears: basal, reflex, and psychic (triggered by emotions). All tears contain organic substances including oils, antibodies, and enzymes and are suspended in salt water. Different types of tears have distinct molecules. Emotional tears have protein-based hormones including the neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, which is a natural painkiller that is released when we are stressed.” (via)
Don’t be afraid to have a great big cry when it’s approriate, and certainly don’t judge yourself for it! It’s an amazing way to clear your body and let energy flow freely. You make space for the emotionally new. You might be exhausted- just as exhausted as you’d be if you deeply cleaned your house- and that’s great. That’s part of letting things go.
Recharge, renew— cry all the tears you need to cry— and let emotional freedom move your whole life forward.
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