I’m an empath. Many of my friends are empaths, as are most of my clients. Due to the line of work I’m in, I meet empaths everywhere. At the wellness center where I have an office. At the professional trainings I attend. At group meditations and networking events.
It’s not easy to be an empath. Until I truly understood my energy, I struggled. I struggled with the belief I had to please everyone. I struggled with sensing too much about the world around me. I struggled with feeling the weight of the world. I struggled in large groups, and sought isolation.
I’ve gradually, and successfully, learned to manage and protect my natural sensitivity, and I’ve realized how crucial it is to practice daily rituals and exercises in order to help myself stay balanced and strong.
You might too be an empath, if you:
- Sense and ‘absorb’ others’ feelings
- Have high sensitivity to touch, smell, energy, sight, noise, etc.
- Are easily triggered or overwhelmed by negative news stories
- Have been told you’re too sensitive
- Feel like something is wrong with you
- Have a tendency to shut down when too much is going on around you
- Frequently feel exhausted
- Easily get distracted
But wait, it’s not all bad news! Empaths are beautiful people, and when we recognize our true strengths, it’s easier to strengthen inner power.
- Are generous and giving.
- Have big hearts
- Are highly intuitive
- Enjoy subtle beauty
- Thrive in natural settings
- Treasure authenticity
- Are great listeners
- Have a natural ability to heal
- Experience relief when they connect with others who share their sense of sensitivity
Sensitivity is a gift. We add value and strength to our sensitivity by honoring it and nurturing it. In doing this, it’s crucial to detoxify and release all that doesn’t serve us. This includes: anxiety, self-doubt, negative self judgement, other peoples’ emotions and opinions, and any substances toxic to our system.
Over the years I have learned to manage my energy in a way that allows me to thrive, instead of hide.
Here are some of my favorite techniques:
Daily Meditation — Daily meditation helps me connect with my inner power. By continually connecting with our inner power, authenticity is easier to express. Meditation helps to clarify what is ours, and what is not.
Smudging – Using a sage smudge is helpful to clear negative energy in a room. I do this frequently in my home office. In addition, I have smokeless smudge from Rhonda Lee Barefoot Artist, which I use at my office in the center where I work. Here’s the link for Rhonda’s Spirit Mist.
Energetic Shield – Empaths typically have an easy time visualizing what’s invisible to the naked eye. Visualizing an energetic shield of light or love to surround you as you move through your day can help you maintain a boundary to filter out negativity.
Grounding – Grounding is crucial for everyone, especially empaths. Sometimes, the struggles faced by an empath will create a desire for avoidance, or dissociation from earthly troubles. However helpful it might be to drift into ‘la-la-land’ at times, it’s crucial to bring ourselves back to Earth. Grounding techniques include walking barefoot on the earth, EFT Tapping, and soaking your feet in a salt bath. You might also try a daily grounding meditation, during which you imagine roots stretching down from your spine and feet into the earth below.
Salt Bath — Ahhh. Nothing like a salt bath to soothe anxiety and detoxify the body-mind. Simple Epsom salts contain magnesium, which is both grounding and relaxing. If you have a bathtub, treat yourself to a salt bath one or more times a week. If you don’t have a bathtub, soak your feet instead.
Yoga – Yoga is a powerful technique for detoxification, anxiety relief, grounding, chakra balancing, nervous system balancing, and more. Each of these benefits is crucial for the sensitive, empathic soul.
Nature– Nature is grounding, healing, and soothing. It’s essential for maintaining balance. Delight in it in any way you can.
Don’t hide from the world. Don’t hide your sensitivity. Treasure your gifts, and light up our world.
Contact me to learn how EFT Tapping and Matrix Reimprinting can help soothe your soul and nourish your inner butterfly.