August 09, 2010

Cry Yourself a River

I’ve always thought that if a movie doesn’t at least bring me to the edge of tears than it usually isn't worth watching, unless of course it's a really good comedy.  Generally I tend to be a bit of a crier, but I have hardly shed a tear lately. I thought I’d hit menopause and cry myself a river but so far this has happened only a handful of times. Which in one way has been a relief…if you know what I mean.  Still, having a good cry always makes me feel better, whether they are tears of sadness or of joy. My hunch is that I need to slow down long enough to cry. But, that’s a subject for another day, dear readers…

I thought I’d check out my favorite doctor, Christiane Northrup’s, take on crying.  In Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom she explains, “Crying is one of the ways in which we rid our bodies of toxins. Crying allows us to move energy around our body and sometimes to rechannel it or understand it a different way.”

I read elsewhere that crying releases harmful toxins and stress hormones. Suppressed emotions can make us feel depressed and need to be released. Crying is one of the healthiest ways to do this and it helps keep depression at bay. Tears lift our mood because they release endorphins (just like exercising, thank heavens) that act as mood elevators and painkillers. That’s why we feel so much better after a good cry. Crying relieves stress and helps calm us, as does laughter. We need both tears and laughter in our lives.

I also found some good quotes about crying:

  • To weep is to make less the depth of grief. - William Shakespeare

    • The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep.  ~Henry Maudsley

      • Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.  ~Natalie Clifford Barney

        • Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.  ~Christian Nevell Bovee

          • The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.  ~Isak Dinesen 

            And I leave you with this last one:

            • Let your tears come.  Let them water your soul.  ~Eileen Mayhew


            1. Great post Louise!

              I love All the quotes especially the one, "Let your tears come. Let them water your soul". ~Eileen Mayhew~

              I always feel so much lighter and clearer after a good cry.

              I view crying as a cleanse for the soul as the tears stream down our face.

              How interesting is it that tears are like water, which represent emotions.

              Water cleans and refresh us.

              There is no mistake that God created crying to release endorphins and toxins.

              Same with laughter!

              The human body is such a perfect design in everyway!

              This is no surprize as it houses our soul which is the essence of who we are.

              It would be an empty container without the life of the soul to direct its every thought, movement and feeling.

              Crying is a wonderful emotion of release!


            2. The body is such a perfect design in every way.

              Thanks Maria for your comments. They are all so true!

            3. Wonderful post on crying, Louise! I often tell my clients, cry, laugh, exercise, verbalize your anger, frustration, sadness. These are all releases that soothe the mind, body and soul. Repressing emotions and your own truth will only foster sickness, sadness and frustration. Thank you, dear friend, this one hit the spot!