Artwork: Mini Picasso by J.N, from the blog of Na’ama Yehuda 

Have you ever noticed how hard it can be to express what you see and know?

How much courage does it take to try to put into words or images what our body is experiencing in any moment?

What inspires us to try anyway, even risking the pain of being misunderstood, ignored or judged?

Yet, the drive to communicate is so strong. We usually yet out a yowl within seconds of taking our first breath in this world.

We grow to be more happily self-reliant –  but every human is still interdependent on others seeing and caring about the quality of our life as well as their own. This can be a painful reality to face and also a relief to acknowledge as a biological fact.

Can you remember a moment in your early years where you were fully seen and heard – with gentle, unhurried curiousity and respect?

Can you pause at the end of your next out breath?

What sensations do you notice across your shoulders and upper arms? Can you picture it as a pattern of colours and lines?

As you read the caption below from the young person who drew this work, what sensations do you notice in your shoulders now?

I feel such gratitude for people who take the time to respect and support children to be heard in the world.

May our next breath connect more of us with the compassionate curiosity to see all lives and all wisdom as mattering – our own … and the children who depend on us for resources and respect.