Monday, June 26, 2006

Unless you let it move, sadness--acute or
chronic--can clog you up, putting perpetual
tension into your eyes, heart, stomach, and
lungs. Crying is not the only way to release
sadness, but it’s a darn good one. Find out
from a biochemist why crying is so helpful, and
:get some hints about it here

Research conducted by Dr. William Frey, biochemist
and tear expert, showed that emotional tears differ
chemically from tears cause by cutting onions
.indicating that crying releases specific toxins
Even Aristotle theorized that a good cry "cleanses
".the mind

How do you make yourself cry? You can sneeze when
your nose tickles, cough when water goes down
the wrong pipe, yawn when you’re sleepy, bang pillows
when you’re angry, and release sexual energy when
you’re aroused. But letting tears flow involves
.opening yourself to the feelings from within

Start by giving yourself some uninterrupted time
probably alone, since crying near others might keep
you from focusing on your own experience. Watch a
stirring movie, listen to ballads of longing, or
read a heart-rending book. (Kids’ books like
Charlotte’s Web can be poignant and fast reads.) All
.of these can give you permission to release your sadness

When your eyes start to water or your heart feels
tingly, focus on your physical sensations. Let your
thoughts--ranging from everything will be okay to
it’s so awful--be in the background, not dictate
your feelings. Don’t rush the process. Let
.the tears flow. Big girls--and boys--do cry

Adapted from 365 Energy Boosters, by Susannah Seton and Sondra Kornblatt _

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