Yesterday I ran a session of mindfulness meditation. One of the ladies told me how she had become tearful in a previous relaxation exercise and she wanted to know why, and what did it mean? Would the same thing happen again?
I was immediately able to put her mind at rest. It is really common for people to experience tears when they sit to meditate. I have seen it many times, especially with those who are new to meditation.
Most of us rush through life at such a pace that we don’t stop and address our emotions, we hold then in and plough on with our list of jobs to do. Many of us aren’t even aware that we feel stressed or tense because we are too busy to recognise it. When we sit to meditate we are releasing, relaxing and letting go of everything that usually fills our minds. We are providing the opportunity for our bodies and minds to release tension.
When we relax our bodies we might notice our shoulders drop, our muscles relax and our breathing become deeper as our heart rate slows. When we cry emotional tears this too is our bodies releasing tension. It is hardly surprising then, that a stress relieving exercise provides the perfect opportunity for pent up tears to be shed.
Emotional tears are made up of the stress hormones and of toxins that accumulate in our bodies during periods of stress. Crying these tears is a natural healing process. After a good cry it is usual for our bodies to create endorphins which are our bodies natural pain killers and feel good hormones. We then experience a sense of calm.
So if you feel yourself welling up don’t hold back. It is good to cry, healthy to cry, be more enthusiastic about it because it is healing your body. If you cry when you sit to meditate don’t take it as a sign that meditation isn’t for you, take it as a sign that you would benefit from more chill out time where your body can relax and unwind.
Coming on a Revitalise Day is the perfect way to give yourself a real break from everyday stresses. As well as relaxing and unwinding you will learn the most effective methods for reducing stress in your every day life.