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.
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.
This made me feel so grateful that I get to do this work and hold space for people. I get to be a part of their emotional healing journey.
I cant imagine devoting my life to anything else.