Or, when things go awry & why it’s not just about pregnancy
The concept of the soft, small animal that is far from home- struck a cord within me. Being currently 'influenced' to stop eating dairy and try acupuncture for the millionth time because that will 'fix' me, this idea of what if I haven't failed, what if I need tender care and grace for myself to feel safe again? It always has to 'be something' in today's society, we couldn't possibly need to not work 60+ hours a week and learn what real self care looks like for each of us uniquely- no, there's always a cure/new solution that will do the trick. And that type of mind-fuck that is engrained in us is causing harm to so many. This is a hot topic and needs brought to light, thank you.
A powerful piece Ema. And speaking up for YOUR needs within your friend circle, something I hope to learn from as well.
This resonates deeply. I was not made for this environment! And I love considering my small animal self (isn’t there a Mary olive poem about this?) and what would make her feel safe. ❤️ also, adding your book recommendations! Thx
A fantastic piece Ema and a ‘pause and really consider’ quote from your brother. It has such a powerful truth. When you described the lost overwhelmed animal I immediately thought of a hedgehog I rescued from the hot summer days last year - how it found his/her strength again with a cool quiet dark spot in a cardboard box I had with water and cat food before a release later that night. I suppose I can ask of my own animal what is my box, where is it and what is in it to revitalise me? Thank you for the spark of these thoughts.