One of my students today shared with me after my chair yoga class that she cries in closing meditation every time. She lost her son to a car accident in January and she takes care of her sick husband at home. She has nowhere to cry. She hasn't been able to grieve.
I could see her pain. I could see her confusion. She almost wanted to stop coming so that she wouldn't cry.
Two other women noticed her crying and came over to comfort her. These are the two self appointed "chairmen" of the class (it's chair yoga, get it?). And it just made me realize what an amazing little tribe I have. They support each other, they laugh together, and for many of them that class is the highlight of their week. And the three of us just talked with her about what was going on and reminded her that it's okay to cry, and why it's healthy to cry.
We release things when we cry. When we bottle up emotions they cause tension in the body, and sometimes they can cause some very real harm.
Crying sets your pain free.
Human beings are not meant to carry the heaviness of emotions with us. We're meant to feel them. Process them. And then, let them go.
And in doing so, we set ourselves free.