What Wonder Woman Taught Me About Being An Empath
Like most women my age, I grew up with the awe-inspiring archetype of Wonder Woman.
I remember as a child feeling enamored and drawn to that character, a strong, powerful, magical woman, who was here to save the world.
In a sea of male Superheroes, she held her own, she stood her ground, she was sensitive and compassionate, she paved the way unapologetic and determined. Wonder Woman helped me to relate to myself as different, as at that point I didn’t know that I was an Empath; I just knew there was something ‘not the same’ about me.
Health Issues for Highly Sensitive People
In the fast-paced world in which we live, even the sturdiest people can face health issues. It stands to reason, then, that people who classify themselves as highly sensitive, or who identify themselves as Empaths, can struggle even more. It is now widely recognized by scientists, doctors, psychologists, and other healthcare practitioners that stress and toxicity in the body can lead to a whole host of health challenges, potentially leading to disease.
For the average person living life in a highly populated city, stress and toxicity abound, from food, water, and air quality to family obligations and a stressful work environment! Add to this the emotional, mental, and sometimes spiritual toxicity that people also have to deal with, and you start to get the picture of why so many highly sensitive people struggle with their health, as we Empaths feel these toxic inputs at a much increased level.
Are You Grounded?
Grounding is the concept of having your consciousness fully engaged within your mental, emotional, and physical body. If you are a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or an Empath, being present in the physical world is about the most important thing you can do to improve your quality of life. If you are ungrounded or reactive to your surroundings, you will be less effective at managing the increased information you receive every single day. This can lead to over-stimulation and hyper-sensitivity, which results in a reactive and defensive state of being. That's simply no fun for anyone.
Being Highly Sensitive in a Violent World
If you identify yourself as being a highly sensitive person (HSP) or an Empath, then the current energetic climate is probably pretty terrible for you. What you may experience is a growing sense of impending . . . well, that something really, really bad is about to happen. You probably can't quite put your finger on why you feel the way you do, and you may have thought more than once, ‘Am I going crazy?’ or ‘What the hell is wrong with me?’
On Being An Empath
If you often feel over-sensitive, highly emotional, and exceptionally intuitive, then you may just be an Empath.
For many of us living with heightened sensitivities, emotional acuity, and deep intuition, we struggle to find the relevance, meaning, and acknowledgment we so deeply yearn for. Instead we are often met with comments such as “You’re so sensitive!” or “Just toughen up!” or “Stop crying!” For those of us born as a Highly Sensitive Person, that’s far easier said than done. The consequences of other people’s opinions often mean that we internalize or feel shame, or we try to hide our baffling emotions and the intense sensations we experience.
Responding To The Post-Truth Era
We start 2017, it seems, in a new era. One where certain individuals and groups seem happy to invent their own truth and promote it as the one Reality. This sort of thing has always gone on of course but, through social media, a piece of info, by trending, can become de facto truth . . . If we let it.
Your Own Reality Check
With so many untruths, if not downright lies being shared on social media these days, now more than ever we need a reliable way of separating fact from fiction. If we read something on-line, how do we know whether we can trust it or not?
Deep Breath . . .
Phew! What a last few months we’ve had around the globe. The UK have voted to leave the EU and the US has elected Donald Trump as president; both unthinkable a year ago. We sure do live in ‘interesting times’.
Designing a Future Marked by High Self-Esteem
Studies show that more than 85% of the world’s population suffers from some degree of
diminished self-worth. For most people who lack a positive self-image, the future looks like a mere extension of their troubled past. Their expectation of what is to be is consistent with what has been — with a slight and predictable level of improvement. Because of their lacking self-esteem, most are resigned to a life that lacks the excitement and passion that characterizes the lives of those who feel worthy of tapping into the best things life has to offer.
Completing Your Past
Does the following scenario remind you of anyone?
Sue was totally in love with Jim. The couple met in high school and dated for
eight years. Everyone who knew them expected them to get married and live happily ever
after together. Then Jim met Karen. Before anyone knew what was happening - including
Sue - Jim had eloped with Karen, putting an end to all of Sue's dreams and expectations.
Sue was devastated. All she could think about was Jim and how she had been cheated out
of a happy and secure lifetime with him.
Building Self-Esteem Intentionally in Children
Studies show that self-esteem is the most important ingredient responsible for
attaining success and happiness, developing effective communication, and creating
It’s Time to Use Our Minds Differently
Are you tired of ‘business as usual’? Have you had enough of the same old ways of thinking and behaving that seems to make us all unhappy and unhealthy? If so, you are not alone! A growing number are committing to a process of ‘un-thinking’, of letting go old mental attachments and allowing; of using our innate wisdom, body-knowing and ways of knowing beyond the rational.
Mountains As Metaphor
Mountains are a wonderful metaphor for the challenges we encounter in life, and for the way we meet them. They are also a metaphor for the many opportunities and possibilities that come our way, and for the way we take advantage of them. When we climb mountains, we sometimes have to face our deepest fears and find ways of overcoming them.
Anxiety Be Gone!
Notice your breath. It’s physiologically impossible to be anxious and to breathe deeply at the same time. Think about it. What’s your breath like when you’re sobbing or upset?How do you respond to a shocking surprise? What does it mean to “wait with bated breath?” Inhale for a count of four. Exhale for a count of four. Focus your mind on this eight-second count and feel anxiety melt away.
The Road Less Travelled
I think it is time that the world took the road less travelled. Our current path is a collision course with disaster. And that is because most people, and most countries, want more. And when they get more, they want even more.
Are Panda’s Wise? Review of Kung Fu Panda 3
Whether or not you’ve seen the first two films in the series or whether you’re interested in Kung Fu or not, if you are looking to fulfill your potential or live more naturally, this film is for you! It will also appeal to the child within . . . whatever your actual age.
The Best Thing to Do
It is both a major effect and a major cause of climate change, and we should take it very seriously. Although it was not news to me, I was still shocked, and wondered what the best response is for me.Today I read an excellent piece in the Guardian by George Monbiot about the pernicious effects of neoliberalism.
is a Scot with an unusual background and breadth of experience. In the early part of his life, he worked as an economist at the Bank of England, as a researcher in “scientific Chinese”, and as a lawyer in Scotland specializing in advocacy and human rights.
Why Write Down Your Goals? With David Avocado Wolfe
Actually, I’ve kept journals since I was in 5th grade, since I was 10 years old. So these 30 years of keeping journals, especially really intensely over the last 20, have really taught me something about writing things down and the importance of writing things down.
Whole Person, Whole World
Do you feel part of the world around you? Do you feel that you are a human being like everybody else? Or do you feel isolated, separate? There are certainly times when I feel very much on my own, that no-one understands me. But then, eventually, it will dawn on me that I’m probably just as guilty of not understanding . . . and that I could, actually, make a bit more of an effort to understand.