THE CRYING GAME

In Shepherd Wood, “the most common cause of frustration was when (the residents) had been working too hard and not retaining a good balance within their wellbeing, which would then slow down their learning process. The elders could always spot when this was happening and when someone was doing this to themselves, but they would never alert the person, as this was something each had to master and stumble across for themselves. When the person did eventually realize what they had been doing, the inevitable crying phase would kick in and all their frustration would be released.

“This was such a natural way of living that no one batted an eye when a person was practicing a release exercise. Quite often you would see someone standing on the spot with tears running down their face for a short while and then go about their daily business as though nothing had ever happened. No one would think twice about what was happening just in the same way today we don’t think twice when we see someone going for a walk. To have a cry was considered to be like giving the soul an oil change–it was just something that occasionally had to be done.”

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