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The Silent Epidemic
by Sharon R. Poet

As our world staggers into multiple difficulties, we are being
Pushed into experiencing deeper levels of our own Hearts.

Though most of us have heard about how it's OK to cry, we don't seem to fully realize how incredibly important it is for us to allow a healthy grieving process when it is needed. We usually close our Hearts, in order to avoid feeling emotional pain. Yet, this closing of our hearts, no matter how much or how little, is causing even more pain, because crying is what washes the pain out of our hearts and allows us to feel deeper levels of love and compassion for ourselves and others. What I call, the "Silent Epidemic", grows and spreads each time we suppress our sadness. The Silent Epidemic is an emotional illness. I know this may sound a bit strange to some of you. But if you read the rest of this, and listen to the Wisdom in your own Heart, I m sure you'll feel some Truth in what I m saying.

Some say that sadness is "negative" or "depressing". Some go so far as to say that it's "un-spiritual" or "dark" to feel, release or express sadness! Some even think that all we need to do is use our minds and just "choose joy instead," no matter how we are really feeling! Yet, my experiences show me that this avoidance of our Hearts - this suppression of our sadness, is THE very thing that actually CREATES the "negative" stuff in our world. . .that humanity's health and wellbeing depends on each of us allowing the natural cleansing process of healthy grieving. Releasing our emotional pain is what opens our Hearts to deeper levels of Love, Joy and Peace.

We habitually suppress our sadness, because feeling it can be uncomfortable and sometimes overwhelming, especially when it's not supported by the people around us. Even in the most supportive environments, it's difficult to completely embrace grief. Suppression is the easiest route to take, but certainly NOT the healthy one. Most of us were taught, from the day we were born, to stuff down our feelings of sadness; to "get over it", to pretend it's not there, and "put it behind us" as quickly as possible. Consequently, most of us are very good at suppressing tears instead of letting them flow. We tend to even feel ashamed to go out in public after we've let ourselves deeply cry, because we don't want people to know we've been crying. We act as if crying is doing something wrong or shameful! We waste a lot of energy trying to avoid feeling anything but shallow imitations of joy. We stuff down our sadness with overdoses of caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, food, drugs, TV, sleeping, thinking, working...etc. We tend to keep ourselves so busy and so distracted that there's no time to feel anything! And we often try to stop others from feeling their feelings, because their sadness triggers ours. And on and on and on the unhealthy cycle goes. I feel 100% certain that deeper levels of /grieving/crying is an absolute necessity for the health of our Hearts, our families, our communities, our countries. . .our world.

The disasters and losses I've experienced, in the past decade, along with a few spiritual experiences, have lead me to a deep knowing that what I call the "Silent Epidemic", is the widest spread, most dangerous epidemic in humanity. No joke! You may think I'm catastrophizing here. But I feel certain that I'm not. I feel that humanity is at a serious crisis point with this issue. Please think about this. . .

I feel that suppressing sadness - the closing of our Hearts, is the root cause of ALL the problems we face, on both personal and global levels. When we've suppressed extremely large doses, as we are, it depresses us, makes us ill or becomes anger that yearns to strike out.

On the larger scales. . .the severe suppression of sadness, causes Hearts to become so blocked that they begin filling up with deep levels of greed, warped senses of spirituality, uncontrolled anger, and thirst for power over others, all of which is THE root cause of the destructive wars we experience, on EVERY level, between family members, religions, cultures, and countries.

On the smaller scales. . .suppressing our feelings of sadness causes our Hearts to begin blocking to the point where we start losing our ability to feel the depths of sadness, peace, joy, compassion and love. Depression often creeps in. And our connection to the Highest Powers, becomes more and more blocked. Is any of this sounding familiar to you? It does to me! This sounds painfully familiar! When I look at my life and out into the rest of the world, I See this so much that it scares me. There have been times when I've literally cried for all of us.

Sadness is not depressing!
It's the suppression of it that depresses us.

I find strength and Love in my tears.
I find weakness and depression
In my avoidance of them.

Now, I'm not suggesting that we walk around trying to cry all the time. But I AM saying that we should work at allowing our heart's natural cleansing process - that we should allow a healthy grieving process far more than we now do. I'm praying for us to take a deeper look at the damaging effects of the "NO crying/grieving allowed" messages, which we pass through humanity. I cringe every time I hear the popular Christmas song, "You better be good. . .you better not cry. . . I'm telling you why. . .Santa Clause is coming to town..."!!! I'm sure we would not even think of writing and playing songs like this for our children, if we knew how damaging it is. Sometimes, when I hear this song, I sing along and loudly change the words to, "You'd better cry...", because our Heart's need their natural cleansing process in order to preserve the heart of humanity. The "Silent Epidemic" needs to be cured, in order for us to start healing our world, ESPECIALLY through the tough times we now face. It's OK to cry. It is! It really is.

Crying is like giving the Heart a shower
To wash away accumulated dirt.

Lonely Place
by Sharon Rose Poet

Deep inside most Hearts
Exists a lonely place,
Where sadness hides
And silent yearnings for Love
Long to be embraced.
This is the place
We need to reach -
The depths,
Where Hearts
Have much to teach.
But, do we dare
Reach inside
For sadness
That's learned to hide?
Do we dare
Fully embrace
The tears that long
To wash our face?
Do we dare
Let go of pain
So Love can find
It's place again?
Perhaps we must.

by Sharon Rose Poet

Tears reflect Joy, Sadness,
Love and Inspiration.
Each of these Feelings
Can bring Tears to our eyes.
And are connected,
Deep inside our Hearts,
In some magical way.
When freedom denies,
Just a part of one,
The others weaken.

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