Blessed Are Those Who Feel Too Much

Blessed Are Those Who Feel Too Much
Feelings Lead Us to Our Heart's Calling

I have known longing in my bones for places I’ve never been and people I’ve never met.

I have fallen in love with strangers, in the split second that our eyes met, as we passed each other by. I have felt my heart break into a million tiny shards, sent skyward, scattered by the wind of unspoken words, and I have stitched it softly back together, over and over again.

I have let passion bring me to my knees, its hungry fire burning and ravaging the forests of my heart. I have stared deep into the abyss of my own emptiness, and filled it with wine and scribbled notes, written in the ink of my soul.

I have let oceans cascade down my cheeks, cleansing and healing me with their warm, salty tidal waves of release. I have been lit up with an iridescence that has shone from every pore, and I’ve discovered dark, sacred corners of myself, piled high with old fears and wounds, like dusty bones.

I’ve danced all night with my shadows, and I’ve set the world on fire with the determination of my spirit. I’ve felt the collective suffering of every being that has ever lived, and I have known the silent peace found in the stillness of old forests.

I’ve held the world to my chest and cried for it; loved it, laughed with it, and felt lost within it, all at once.

I have felt the burning stab of rejection by not being seen or heard, and I have responded by expanding my heart to embrace the universe and all the stars. I have known infinite freedom beyond fear, and I have wrestled wolves of self-doubt to the death.

I’ve danced all night with my shadowsI’ve danced all night with my shadows. Image: Ahmad Odeh.

I have breathed in the world and all its innocent magic, with delicate tenderness. I have swum in seas of love, so deep and so wild that I nearly drowned.

No Day Passes Without my Heart Being Stretched

I feel everything. All the time. No day passes without my heart being stretched to its capacity for one reason or another.

It sounds exhausting, and it can be, but it’s all I’ve ever known. To me, feeling is the truest of my experiences because it is a physical expression of being alive. To be constantly pulsating with stimuli, vibrating at various frequencies, is to experience the proof of your own existence.

I believe that life is measured in our ability to feel; the deeper and the more raw the feelings, the more authentically we’re living. Tears will flow and hearts will break; sadness will swamp us and stomachs will knot; rages will burn and passion will overcome us. That is how we are built; maybe it is our body’s way of reminding us we are alive.

If Walt Whitman contains multitudes, then I contain infinite galaxies; supernovas and nebulas; dying stars and black holes. I contain the lives of all my ancestors; I am made of every person I’ve ever known and loved for millions of years since human hearts existed.

My mind is a wide ocean; moods rise and shrink away like tides with the cycle of the moon. My heart is a mysterious guide—dark, loud and full.

Heart stretchedNo day passes without my heart being stretched to its capacity. Image: Giulia Bertelli.

Sometimes I cry when I pass someone on the street because of the sadness in their eyes. Sometimes I want to reach out and embrace every person who has ever felt the way I do, and give them a piece of me, so that they can feel less alone.

Feelings Can be Our Trusty Guides

Life is challenging, yet beautiful.

Blessed are those who have known love and conquered fear in equal measures; who have offered a piece of their soul to the world and had it accepted and rejected simultaneously. Or those who have stood at the foot of their own dreams and trembled at the sheer sight of them.

Feelings contain lessons. We learn how to decipher each one that arises in different parts of the body; by distinguishing the acidic sting in the gut from the yearning pang of the heart, the quick-as-lightning flashes of the mind from the slow and steady call of the soul.

Feelings can be our trusty guides, if we allow them to be. They whisper to us to follow them; they can lead us astray if we misunderstand them, but if we learn to translate them, they will lead us to our heart’s calling.

If doubted, they can deceive us, yet they have the power to help us find our passions and lead us to our purpose.

Offered a piece of their soul to the worldBlessed are those who have offered a piece of their soul to the world. Image: Mariam Soliman.

Feelings open us up to our darkness and our light; they expose us and shake us, they destroy us and make us, but ultimately they release us.

By shutting our hearts down, we deny ourselves the chance to experience life in all its messy glory; we halt our evolution by pretending that we are small and that we don’t care. When, really, we do care. We care a lot, but we’re so afraid of admitting it.

I’m not in search of sanctity, sacredness, purity; these things are found after this life, not in this life; but in this life I search to be completely human: to feel, to give, to take, to laugh, to get lost, to be found, to dance, to love and to lust, to be so human. – C. Joybell C.

Get to Know Yourself from the Inside Out

When we resist our own depths, we let our life force wither and die inside of us; our creativity suffers, our relationships suffer, we wilt.

By opening our hearts wide and listening to their truth, we can, and will, set ourselves free. Our bodies are our greatest guides; they show us things we never knew about ourselves and about others. They explain important messages in ways we could never articulate with words.

The truth that sits in your gut in the form of intuition is the most powerful messenger you will ever know.

To feel so deeply and so often, means to get to know yourself from the inside out. How well do we really know ourselves? How much do we truly love ourselves?

Feelings are what make life worth livingFeelings are what make life worth living. Image: mohsen shenavari.

Feelings are what make life worth living; what inspire us to keep seeking, keep moving and keep creating. They are what drive us to keep loving even when we lose everything. Feelings decorate our souls and birth our dreams.

These feelings accompany the humble wonders of nature and the power and comfort of finding kindred connections.

Deep Feelings are a Gift

These feelings are what we are made of, beneath this skin and bone; these feelings were first created inside stars and passed down to us through the bloodlines of ancient sages. They connect us to each other with the invisible threads of our shared experiences.

When we let ourselves feel unapologetically and share the experience, we allow others to have the courage to sink into their feelings in a more authentic way and express themselves without shame.

Deep feelings are a gift; they have the capacity to transform us if we follow their wisdom. Allow yourself to feel from your core, with your heart, and let yourself be moved.

The feelings we feel so often, are our connection to the divine, and ultimately to ourself. Let them wash over you like waves; let them heal you. Let them break you and build you.

Let them show you who you are and then let them set you free.

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John Beckett (Norfolk UK)
John Beckett (Norfolk UK)
4 years ago

Yes I can relate! I see hear and feel these emotions every day in every waking moment of my being.. And act on them and write about them too, although not as eloquently as this …. yet! Peace and love, a fabulous tonic and cocktail of inspiration to start the day! ??❄️??

Avril
Avril
4 years ago

Feelings of sadness for the world the enviroment, animals, children in war zones, sometimes sadden, enrage and overwhelm me …the violence on TV hurts my soul hearing about atrocities brings me to my knees,

Amanda
Amanda
4 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing your truth/my truth so eloquently with such depth, colour and movement.
I too, like others commenting here, am now learning to embrace being a deeply feeling person. What a relief to start being true…being me….what a wonderous and breathtaking experience. Thank you life…thank you everyone who is brave enough to feel ????

Joanna Hall
Joanna Hall
4 years ago

These words hit my soul. Brought instant tears. Wonderfully written – thank you.

Harm Musschenga
Harm Musschenga
4 years ago

It is the most accurate I have ever had my feelings described. I have never been able to put my feelings and experiences in words, until I’ve read this. Thank you for this.

Patrick
Patrick
4 years ago

Ya. Try being a guy with this! A blessed curse…

Chanique
Chanique
4 years ago

It is comforting to know others live in this blissful but sometimes painful place. Embracing and accepting the depth of which we feel and how we feel can also be magical. It all depends on how we look at it. I think we are blessed and special for we appreciate and see the little things which matter. I enjoyed the read.

Rafflesia
Rafflesia
4 years ago

Great insights

Wieslaw
Wieslaw
4 years ago

Beautifully, poetically expressed the essence of the spirituality of people .Only those who feel so ,can find the true meaning of life.Had you opportunity to try this in yours life ? It is wonderful how you can change your life and others it’s not that ? Thank you Zoe …

Kash
Kash
4 years ago

Beautiful and awesome post. My very core is moved and inspired. Thank you

Rani
Rani
4 years ago

Thank you, your experiences and the way you express them is The Ultimate Truth. That makes you part of the extremely very few, Rumi’s tribe.

Partha Iyengar
Partha Iyengar
4 years ago

one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever read in a long time. It resonated so much and I can feel it so deep. Every word. Thank you!

Brenda
Brenda
4 years ago

BEAUTIFUL! I AM CRYING! SO POETIC. THE TRUTH IN ART FORM! ❤

Deborah
Deborah
4 years ago

I think it is a beautifully written piece on the gift of being emotionally sensitive. I love the poetic language and imagery.

Anne
Anne
4 years ago

I too felt a deep connection to this article. Thank you.

Barbara
Barbara
4 years ago

Just beautiful! The story of my life unfolding with such eloquence. Many thanks to the author for creating, sharing and helping others know that they are not alone in their depth.

Anya
Anya
4 years ago

This is the most beautiful writing I have ever read. I have struggled with the depth of my feelings all my life and finally at the age of 66 I am learning to understand them, allowing myself to experience them, love them, explore them, not be afraid of them, not allow myself to be ridiculed for them. Life is so very rich and beautiful – thank you for your beautiful insight.

Carolyn
Carolyn
4 years ago

Yes to all of it! Beautifully expressed, Zoe. I too had tears rolling down my face. In the past I have allowed others to break my heart and soul. No more! We are here to shine our light.

Kristin Sars Ellefsen
Kristin Sars Ellefsen
4 years ago

What a wonderful article!!!❤

Andrea
Andrea
4 years ago

Beautifully written

Deborah Erhard
Deborah Erhard
4 years ago

Beautifully and wonderfully expressed! Thank you, Zoe! Just yesterday I told an old friend I was coming to unapologetically embrace how deeply I feel. It’s like I’m a seismograph in the universe.

Valerie
Valerie
4 years ago

Im not perfect..but It’s uplifting to find/realise.it’s no just a me thing.Its true though..”times to laugh..and times to cry”..?

Monica
Monica
4 years ago

Simply a bless and a curse at the same time.

Kristen
Kristen
4 years ago

Reading this was like reading something someone had written after jumping into & exploring my soul. From a few sentences in, tears overflowed & spilled from my eyes. Not necessarily sad or happy tears, but a mix of both. All these feelings, yes, but it was more than just feelings! While I (logically) knew this, it’s like coming home knowing that others feel the exact way you do, that you’re not defective, or weird, or broken. Without rambling too much (because I could!!) I just wanted to say thank you to the author & to all those who walk this path with me.

Soliel
Soliel
4 years ago

Inspirational and timely. Thnk you for sharing this.

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