When We Need a Good Cry. {Video} ~ Catherine Beekmans

Via on May 14, 2013
Photo: Squips Art on Pixoto
Photo: Squips Art on Pixoto

“Crying is one of the highest devotional songs. One who knows crying, knows spiritual practice. If you can cry with a pure heart, nothing else compares to such a prayer. Crying includes all the principles of Yoga.” ~ Kripalvanandji

For many people, the changing season simply means a change in season and nothing more.

Each day, sunshine or not, is just another day to get through. When you can’t bring yourself to enjoy the warmer days and all of the clichéd accoutrements, it seems as if the rest of the world is outside being happy just to spite you.

I remember looking out of my living room window at a couple being playful on the sidewalk during a warm spring evening stroll and hating them. How dare they have moments of joy in their lives while I sit in a gloomy shaded house, alone and depressed. I smelled barbeques and heard kids laughing. Birds were singing, the sky was a beautiful sunset and I was mad. Why was I lonely and worrying about life while others got to feel so good on such a beautiful day?

And then, I cried.

I mean, I cried. A mix of moans, wails and gasping heaves of pain—the kind of crying where you cry so hard, you make no sound, save for the clicking sound of your throat as you release silent sobs. Fat tears rolled out of me like waves.

Then, slowly, I quieted. My face felt tight and swollen and my head was throbbing but I felt emotionally lighter. It was a release. I needed to hate those people on the sidewalk. I needed to be shoved into despair so that I was full enough of it to release, like a dark cloud just waiting to pour.

As a new editorial apprentice at elephant journal, I was given a challenge to write a list of sorts related to the changing of seasons into the warmer days of spring and summer.

Typically, this is a time when you hear a collective sigh of relief from the northern hemisphere and people head outdoors in droves, spreading their wings and sucking in the sunshine after a long, seemingly bleak winter.

I’m by no means an authority on human emotion, nor am I educated enough to offer advice to anyone. I’m definitely not a wise person. I have so many more lessons to learn. I do know this, though: sometimes you’re full to the brim and you just need a release.

Sometimes, all you really need is a good cry.

Crying won’t magically cure your depression and it won’t solve your every-day problems. But crying, and I mean a big letting go, will make you feel better. Maybe it’ll help for a day, maybe only an hour, but just enough to partake in that collective sigh of relief when summer hits, albeit in a different way.

Do you need a good letting go of your own? Here’s a list of videos designed to make you cry:

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  • Ed: Kate Bartolotta


About Catherine Beekmans

Catherine Beekmans is a shy, friendly Canadian living in a small house with her nerdy Dutch husband, two nearly-perfect children, two kitties and a goofy dog. Cat spends her free time reading, growing vegetables and cooking them, traveling and learning life lessons courtesy of and along with her family. Cat began contributing as a typo vigilante and now eagerly serves as an editor, writer and student of the mindful life. You can connect with Cat on Facebook and Twitter.


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One Response to “When We Need a Good Cry. {Video} ~ Catherine Beekmans”

  1. sarahtheaquarian says:

    thank you for this cat! beautiful words. really touched me. it's a shame that crying is often seen as "unhealthy" or something to get rid of, but i completely agree– it is sometimes the only thing that helps me be okay again.

    here's to our tears :)

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