Why this feeling of sadness now? I think I’ll sit with it a while, after all it cannot hurt to understand the feeling if it manifests itself to me. If I ignore it and send it away will it be hurt and think that it cannot come again to remind me of something I have not yet forgotten? Breathe deeply, stare at the yellow walls and the sunlight reflecting through the window at the foot of the stairs. It doesn’t feel any better, but then why should it? You’ve only been thinking about the feeling for a few seconds. Is that all the time that you can spare for this feeling when it so urgently wants to be felt? Don’t you owe it to yourself to sit and engage with it, have a conversation with it, listen to what it has to say?
A small knot in the pit of your stomach. A small pressure to the right side of your head, just under your ear. Tingling in the feet and curiosity around the base of your neck and furrowed forehead. Lips pursed as if to kiss and greet the feeling that has chosen this moment to visit, when you really weren’t expecting visitors today. Invite the feeling to stay and find out what it has to say. Don’t be cold and formal, treat it like a long lost friend. Connect with it and let it know that it is important, that it is welcome and that although you have other things to do, this feeling has priority right now. It relaxes and reclines and something shifts within you.
You turn your head and gaze from the foot of the stairs to the open window where the breeze softly caresses your skin, notice too that the trees are waving at you, as the cool air touches their leaves. That the clouds in the sky floating on by suggest softness, cushioning your thoughts. Having gazed a while, seconds, minutes – who knows, you glance away, noticing the feeling has crept away. You smile and acknowledge the gift your visitor brought today.