Highly Sensitive People have a need to express themselves from their hearts. However it is not as easy as it might seem. We can’t just decide we would like to play some music today or paint or dance. Even if we are inspired, it might not work for us because it all depends on how our energy feels today, the energy of the space we are in, the dynamics of the people that we are with and the energy of the season. I know . . by the time you have felt into this lot you are too tired to be expressive anyway!
I run sessions for children who are highly sensitive and as you might imagine, they are unpredictable! On one occasion I was working with my son and his friend. I planned to do some movement with some techno music but when I started the activity I could see that the boys were finding something ‘too much’ about it – the movement, the music, each other’s energy . . . and I quickly realised it wasn’t working. So I offered painting instead and after a little encouragement the boys accepted this as a good alternative. They decided they wanted to paint a peacock and after a little google research for images, they were away. The energy in the room became calm and focused and we all felt we could breathe again!
Now I am not saying that art is always the answer. It isn’t. Sometimes the colours disturb or the sound of the brush on the paper doesn’t feel right. Sometimes you can make the art fit your energy – you can paint big and wild or small and contained – but sometimes you can’t paint at all.