“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.”
  — Washington Irving

Our lives whiz by at such breakneck speed that we often forget to attend to the sacred in the midst of the mundane.  Sometimes it seems that we have forgotten how to cry.  Indeed, we often admonish ourselves and our children not to cry, to suck it up and get on with things.  But tears are part of who we are; and they do, indeed, take us to a sacred space we need to visit in order to clear our minds, rediscover our souls, and clarify who we are before we head back into the world once again.

Have you ever had the wind blow dust into your eyes?  It is painful to have debris land in such a tender spot, and our body’s built-in defense sends tears to wash away the particles that cause us pain and cloud our vision.  We don’t stop when the tears flow and scold ourselves or will them to dry up.  We welcome them and the way they clean out the dust and restore our ability to see.  The cleansing quality of tears is a part of our humanity, and their benefits are undeniable.

It would do us well to consider the cleansing quality of the tears we shed during times of great sorrow and joy.  Just as our tears stand guard and keep our eyes free of debris, they also guard the deeper vision that resides in our soul, our spirit, and our emotion.  When debris blows into our sacred space,  when we lose our ability to see beyond the temporary circumstances that will change with time, we need to remember that our tears are part of the cleansing process that restores equilibrium to our life.  We must not will the tears away before they have finished their job.  Only when the dust and debris has been washed away can our eyes see clearly once again.  Only when our soul has been relieved of the clutter that buries it from our sight can we truly have the vision we need to return to living our purpose.

Let’s celebrate tears today.  Let’s embrace them when they come and let them do their job.  They clear the debris from our sacred space and remind us who we are.