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20 November, 2010


When you can say it, you say it. When you are not able to say it, it comes out as tears. The mind, using the five organs of actions – namely, the hands, legs, vocal cords, anus and genitals, expresses whatever must be expressed. However, when the mind encounters very deep emotions, emotions that are beyond its comprehension, it chooses an alternative channel of expression, which are tears. People say, “I don’t know why I cried so much?” In fact, if you know why, you will not cry. It’s only when an experience incapacitates the mind, it comes out as tears. If the mind can comprehend the emotion, then it won’t comes out as tears.

Spontaneous tears are the most honest of all human expressions, as the mind isn’t involved. Of course, when I say ‘spontaneous tears’, I am not referring to the manipulative tears that are caused by a decision in order to serve as an emotional blackmail. When I say ‘spontaneous tears’ I am referring to involuntary tears.

When you can handle the loss, you talk about it. When you are not able to handle the loss, it comes out as tears. When you can express your gratitude, you say it. When your sense of gratitude is so deep that it is beyond words, tears trickle down out of gratitude. When you can talk to Him, you pray in words. When He talks to you, when you can hear the whispers of His silence, spontaneous tears trickle down.

Holding back tears is painful, causing muscle tension and chest discomfort. Controlling tears makes you sick. The muscle tension required to put on a “brave” face and to control your tears is responsible for much of your high blood pressure and coronary artery diseases. Tears that do not find expression through the eyes will cause some other organ to weep, which are the various diseases. Having a good cry is a cathartic experience, while suppressing tears create stress. It is typical for asthma sufferers to report that they do not often cry. And, after they learn to shed tears the frequency of their asthma attacks reduces.

Don’t be afraid to cry. Never be ashamed of your tears. Expressing your tears is vital to mental and physical health. Teaching boys that men do not cry is lying to them about the importance of tears. Women of today, assuming masculine roles in the workplace, have also acquired a masculine style of inhibiting tears. As a result, they are now developing disease patterns similar to that of men’s.

The whole concept of keeping a stiff upper lip is a cultural aberration against the forces of nature. Tears lubricate the pathway of emotional expression and facilitate release, allowing the process of healing to begin. Tears can bring emotional absolution and relief, making you human and whole again. Tears at the right time and in the right place have such healing powers as to make them seem almost holy.

Tears confirm you are still capable of deep emotions. Tears reveal you are able to feel deeply. Tears simply mean you are still human. If something is worth your love, it is worth your tears.

Courtesy: Frozen thoughts magazine.

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