Tuesday, March 29, 2011

a heavy heart.

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Khalil Gibran, 19th century poet

PATIENT: how many of those pills are you takin' every day?
HOUSE: i'm in pain.
PATIENT: yeah, i guess we all are.

fascinating, hideous, human.

what is the connection between our emotions and our physical bodies?
why is it that when you try to describe an emotional pain, you relate it to a "stab through the heart," or a "prickling pain," a "heavy heart"?
why, when you are upset, do you feel pressure on your chest, a sinking, a tangible-- yet completely abstract-- feeling?
why is it that love makes a person feel physically stronger?
what a tie our emotions have on us! what a splendid--horrid-- bondage!

an interesting study. i've never taken psychology before; is that something the class covers? is there really a way to explain it? the metaphors come too lightly; is it a facet of the english language, or is it universal?
although, i really don't mean the actual phrase at all-- everyone feels those physical pains as a reaction to emotional or mental stress. sorrow can literally make a person sick. why, why, why?

i would love to hear possible explanations.

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