When Doves Cry
There are so many things that we can do for our daily wellness. There’s dry brushing, drinking green juice, meditating, connecting with nature, journaling, and of course working out and stretching. But, what about crying? When was the last time you allowed yourself to just cry? Not necessarily because something was bothering you or you felt particularly emotional, but just because it is good for you.
Well, get out the tissues because I would like to invite you to cry with me. I know this might be a bit odd to hear but I’m serious. I was going about my day and I had this energy wash over me. I tried to figure it out and decipher what I needed. Was I emotional; sad, lonely, tired, scared? But I came up with nothing. I decided to simply open the floodgates and allow an organic experience to manifest without needing to understand. So, I cried.
Allow Your Body to Guide You
I allowed my body to be my teacher, and I trusted it. I noticed every time my mind wanted to know what was going on and simply stayed with the experience of crying. This sounds similar to what we do in meditation. Whenever the mind wanders we bring it back to the breath, or sound, sensation, etc. Instead I brought my awareness back to the tears, the crying, and the release.
Now, here is where it gets good. If it feels good that’s enough. Right? Correct. But, I like diving a bit deeper and understanding the biology of an experience. In case you need a little more motivation to allow the tears to flow, here you go.
Let’s “Tear Seek”
I was not surprised to discover that in Japan there are actual crying clubs. They are called rui-katsu, which translates to ‘tear-seeking’. To have such an opportunity in a public space with others joining in the experience is such a radical act of acceptance. I think we can definitely learn from them. Where we might not join a crying club in our community, we can create the space for it in our own life.
The Benefits Of Crying
- It creates an opportunity to let one’s guard down and allow a softening. This is so healthy to open inwards into yourself and be with whatever you are experiencing. It is saying ‘Yes’ to you.
- Crying releases stress
- Studies have found higher levels of stress hormones in emotional tears, as opposed to basal and reflex tears.
- It is a form of self-soothing, which is always good to drop into.
- Research has found that tears releases oxytocin and endorphins.
- Can relieve pain due to the release of oxytocin and endorphins.
- Eye health perk: crying can help to kill bacteria and keep your eyes clean because of a fluid called lysozyme. It actually has antimicrobial properties.
- Can aid in sleep. If it works for babies why wouldn’t it work for us? I can definitively share that when I have had big cries I always slept more soundly.
- Crying activates the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for the body’s rest and digestion response when the body is relaxed.
After doing this research on the physiological benefits of crying and already viscerally experiencing the emotional effects of crying, I am sold. How about you?
Here is my invitation to you~
Let’s invite crying into our daily life.
There doesn’t have to be a specific reason or cause of the release. If it is a bit of a challenge then you can watch a movie, or listen to some music, that might touch upon this topic for you. I can easily drop into it by playing some Joan Baez and thinking about my sweet mother.
I can also shed some tears simply by pausing and reflecting on the overwhelming amount of blessings I have in my life. If I drop into gratitude I can often be overwhelmed with a positive flow of emotional release that can take me to crying.
However you get there, just allow it to flow.
I would love to hear your experiences. Please share whatever you wish with me via email or in comments below.
Love to you and yours.
Dove’s boutique studio, Dove’s Bodies, has been an LA institution for more than 35 years. With a background combining decades’ worth of studies in fitness, dance, pilates, martial arts, primal movement, yoga, pranayama, organic nutrition, energy healing, mindful living, intuitive clearing and meditation, Dove is sought out for her unique, intuitive wholistic total-body approach. Dove’s life passion is to guide her clients on their own unique path to wellness, wholeness, and the full integration of mind, body and spirit.
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