Hi Tyler! first of all I share the Eqafe links that explain crying and its differences such as crying emotionally and crying as a release
https://eqafe.com/p/dimensions-of-cryin ... n-part-144
https://eqafe.com/p/the-release-of-cryi ... n-part-145
and crying when overwhelmed with happiness
https://eqafe.com/p/crying-when-overwhe ... -awareness
I'll share my experience lately. The day before yesterday I shed a tear when I saw my daughter eat a carrot for the first time, it was like the beginning of her independence lol and this is the first time I get to understand mothers or parents in general and their experience when seeing their kids grow up. So I reflected on that and how it was a mixture of glee for her becoming this but also a little grief in that beginning of her growing and becoming more independent, it was an interesting moment nonetheless because I didn't 'thought' that 'such things would happen to me' but they did! hehe and I'm glad about it, no judgment, it was a bit of a profound moment for me, which also happened interestingly when in the middle of the labor process I realized I had to 'let go' of having her inside me and had to let her come out and be a being on her own, so! crying in these moments have been attached to such realizations of 'having to let go' of something or someone for example.
The other recent experience is upon watching a documentary by one of my favorite artists and this was in the middle of this lockdown situation and seeing all the places she visited, all the 'forgotten ones' in the world in war striken areas and empoverished neighborhoods as well as seeing how people unite through music made me shed some tears while watching it, in a way grieving 'that world' and seeing so many people around and not wearing masks and not having a distance between each other, this has been coming up more and more recently, where there is a grief of sorts and a longing for that which was. We don't know what may happen, but the tears that flowed that night were because of longing, I didn't judge it though considering there's a lot going on for everyone and this was my way of having a moment with me expressing that which I've been looking at as days go by.
Those have been my two most recent experiences with crying and what I've seen was linked to it. It lasted for a moment, and it did feel in a way as a release.
I agree there's negativity attached, but, it's a way to get to know more about ourselves and see what may be sitting in certain depths within us that may be suppressed and then be opened up and emerging in the form of tears, it becomes an interesting thing to see about oureslves and then deciding if it is something we need to work with, look at, or just a momentary expression as well with no further consequence.
Ok that's it, definitely cathartic and why not a very vulnerable aspect that I'm getting to enjoy seeing come up in unexpected moments - lol like when seeing my daugther eating for the first time something else other than mother's milk.
Take care, be well