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  • Writer's pictureShirah Shulman

The courage to listen

In one of my sessions I had a conversation with a young teenager. She told me that it is difficult for her to be different. That she does not like what the others like. She does not follow the ‘norm’ and it made her feel uncomfortable. I was reassuring her and commanding her bravery, her wil

lingness to be true to herself, to listen to her heart.

I was thinking of the journey I made. From studying two business degrees, because ‘this is a good thing to have’, to following a path of a business career and getting up the ladder, being considered successful while getting more sad and less satisfied with every day that passed.

And then, one day, I had to put a stop to it. It was agonising and scary when I told myself that I am not happy with my professional life. That I do not know who I really am and what will make me happy.

I remember myself following my heart for the first time in my life, attending shamanic meditations and learning about my abilities. I felt that a magnet like forces are pooling me. I had so much resistance, within myself and from my environment but I had to continue. My soul was not going to give up this time.

I found myself signing to study Transpersonal Art Therapy because it felt right. I sat in the class and my soul was happy, I felt that all my cells are opening and learning, drinking in the information.

From then I had to follow my passion. I couldn’t hide myself any more, not from myself and not from anybody else. I was fully present, with all my abilities and talents, with all my passion and wishes.

And last week I was sitting there, listening to this young soul being brave and recognising who she is. All I could do was to encourage and support her on her journey.

It took me 30 years to gather the courage and be attentive to what my heart and soul were telling me. She is doing it at a much younger age.

It all begins with us having the courage to listen to our heart, to our real wishes. Our soul speaks quite loudly if we are willing to listen to it.

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