Today seems like a perfect opportunity to talk about being HSP – a highly sensitive person. It’s the day of our annual neighborhood block party, and that can be a real challenge for me. All large gatherings are, but there’s an additional element here. These are my neighbors, a bunch of mostly lovely, kind, and friendly folks, and while individual encounters are perfectly fine, a street-full of these very same people feels overwhelming, particularly 10 hours worth.
Current estimates suggest that between 15-20% of the population are HSP, and I like this graphic for how it explains things.
I’m pretty skilled at monitoring my energy and taking good care of myself. I’m upfront about it what I need; I’m vigilant about my centering and grounding practices; and I find flower essences and aromatherapy support very helpful.
Here are three classic flower essences from the Bach line, which most people find readily available:
- Walnut for balance
- Mimulus for taking the anxious edge off interacting with people
- Elm for a little bolstering reminder of one’s overall capability
But while I think it’s important to take care of yourself – to figure out what maximally supports you, I also want to be clear that I think being highly sensitive is a gift. And I think we need to do a little shifting in our collective thinking about this. It’s often talked about as though it’s a curse – that life would somehow be better if we were less sensitive.
I really beg to differ about this.
I don’t think we want to toughen up, and I think the gifts of sensitivity, gentleness and empathy are precisely what the world needs more of.
There’s no doubt question in my mind being HSP is one of the reasons I’m so good at my work. My heightened receptivity makes it very easy to access my intuition; very easy to connect and read energy; very easy to both read the Akashic Records and to be a channel. And research defines other gifts that being highly sensitive can bring that I find delightful as well, such as increased creativity, deep awareness of rich sensory detail, heightened perception of nuance; greater empathy, and great emotional awareness. For me these are all pluses that make my life so fabulously wonderful.
I believe we were meant to perceive deeply, to pay attention to what’s around us, and to experience our beautiful world as fully as possible. Let’s celebrate how sensitive we can be; understand we can figure out how to navigate this world in ways that feel good to us; and begin thinking of it as the superpower it’s meant to be.
What do you say? You know I love to hear.