The word “empath” is being used more and more in the online world. It has a distinct new-age sound to it, and like I did at first, you might resist identifying with it even if you are one. In an article on Maria Hill’s Sensitive Evolution website earlier this month, I wrote about how I think this word is a catch-all term. Different people mean different things when they talk about being an empath.
Are you someone who is interested in working with your dreams? While dreams are not often talked about in our modern culture, they have been topics of great interest for luminaries in the field of psychology. For example: Carl Jung, the great psychologist who gave us the concepts of introvert and extrovert thought dreams were bridges to the unconscious, a part of our psyche we could only access through them. I have worked with my dreams over the past few years and learnt many things from them. This time, I want to share some pointers that might help you relate to your own dreams better.
Like many other highly sensitive people, I am prone to over-thinking. Worry was my constant companion for years. A lot of it was the after-effects of trauma. I tried to think my way through situations, control things even before they happened in an effort to protect myself.
Over the years, I have done enough inner work to find my way through that paralyzing anxiety and fear. But even today, over-thinking and worrying are a part of my life. The feelings are not as intense, but they are there. I know anxiety comes in many different flavors and for many different reasons. There are the illusory fears that my mind creates that I need to get rid of. There are fears that have a basis in truth. I need to see what they are pointing to.
This interview is with Andrew Forsthoefel, speaker, peace activist, and the author of the fascinating book Walking to Listen: 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time (Bloomsbury, 2017). Andrew’s narrative work has appeared on This American Life and The Moth, and he teaches walking and listening as practices in connective presence, personal transformation, and conflict resolution. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
I loved reading Walking to Listen and it was an absolute pleasure to interview Andrew. If you are a sensitive creative, highly sensitive person or someone who is searching for a deeper connection with life, Andrew’s walk and his insights will resonate deeply with you. I learnt a lot from the book and this interview, and I think you will too.
As Highly Sensitive People and Sensitive Creatives, we often feel hesitant to do any kind of self-promotion. It doesn’t feel authentic, and so we often don’t share our work or talent with others. Talking about ourselves often feels like bragging. Recently, I came across this lovely piece online that clarifies the difference between self-promotion and bragging.