I’m sensitive. My feelings get hurt. I feel into other people without knowing it sometimes. I can get sucked in to other folks darkness or pain sometimes. I cry when animals are in pain or dying. I can be an energetic sponge, taking in whatever is in my environment. If someone is bullied, or made fun of, I feel the bully and the victim.
To us sensitive ones, everything matters, everything. And that is just right, wonderful, and okay. But we might feel like our sensitivity is “too much,” a burden, a problem. Somewhere along the way for example, our sensitive nature might have been judged, criticized, or shut down. Our sensitivity was not welcome for whatever reason. Fortunately our sensitive-ness never goes anywhere. Some of us just learned to cover it up through behaviors and strategies that squashed it, ignored it, or overrode it. We might have even learned to manipulate our environment or the people around us. But the cool thing about being a sensitive being is that you can’t turn it off. Nor is there a switch to turn it down.
The good news is there are very effective ways we each can learn [...]