She’s here to see us

One of my favourite and also my least favourite places to walk is Langsett in the Peak District because it’s 5 minutes down the road from me. It’s my favourite when I’m alone, and my least favourite when the BBQ-lighting, litter-louting, beer drinking, sign-ignoring idiots come and spoil it.

Cold, wet, misty and windy days are the best. I have a route I like to take which brings me up a path to a wise tree friend who I always stop and say hello to. Covered in soft moss I remember asking permission to run my hands on the branches. They welcomed me with open “arms,” and in doing so I discovered a tiny world of miniature fungi growing amongst the moss. It was magical and wonderful, and the tree told me,

“Don’t miss the things you weren’t looking for, just because you weren’t looking for them.”

To this day, I use that mantra and very often am delighted by unexpected findings.

Today on my walk, as I made my way up the path, I heard a whispering, “she’s here to see us.” I felt it underneath my feet and in my heart and I was overcome with love and emotion. Filled with gratitude I couldn’t stop my tears. So I placed my warm hands on the soft, cool, wet moss and felt gravity pulling my feet into the ground below.

“We don’t need to excuse or make excuses for our emotions.” was today’s wisdom they gifted me with.

Wise Tree Friends

It’s not healthy to suppress our emotions

So often we’re told not to be so sensitive. Not to cry, because that’s weakness and you need to grow a thicker skin. You’re made to feel like you’re broken or that something is wrong with you. You may find ways of suppressing your emotions over time, usually in a self-destructive manner.

Over the past year, I have come to understand and accept that releasing emotions is not only acceptable, but desireable for our own health and wellbeing.

I’ll go one step further, and say that my sensitivity is my super-power, and I’m not afraid to use it. I am mouse, hear me roar!!!

I hope through my art and healing that I can help and encourage others to embrace their emotions and not be ashamed. Let’s not suppress who we truly are any longer. The world needs more sensitivity, not less.