nurturing

Five years ago, I moved from India to the United States as a trailing spouse. It was soon after that I read Dr. Elaine Aron’s book, The Highly Sensitive Person. The book felt familiar, and yet new, giving me a context for the “too sensitive” label that had followed me since childhood. Now, I was…

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As a sensitive person, I like to be of service and, in my experience, most sensitive people are the same way. Service is a wonderful thing. It enriches our lives and the lives of others. For sensitive people, being of service has pitfalls, however.  Because of our natural capacity to be sensitive to nuance and…

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dreams

The dream captivated my awareness in the wee hours of the morning; it was the intensity that made me remember it as soon as I awoke. My sensitivity doesn’t sleep as I do. Instead, it prowls the nightly dreamscape and when conditions warrant, sends a precognitive warning of trouble ahead. My last dream precognition saved…

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Weight loss can be especially challenging for HSPs. Trying to lose weight can create even more emotional suffering for sensitive souls when we come up against the pervasive cultural judgement about weight. Many of us believe that action leads to results. Being conscientious we keep trying the many different and latest diets that promise weight loss. Sensitive…

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My cat, Kelly, loves to eat my asparagus fern. She is detoxing. I learned from Dr. John Douillard of Lifespa in Colorado that new greens which emerge from the ground in the spring are meant to help us cleanse our intestinal tract after a winter of eating heavy insulating foods. Detox is recommended both in…

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What is special about the NIA technique? If I could pick one exercise program that I think would be great for highly sensitive people, it would be NIA. NIA stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Movement. It was founded in 1983 by Debbie Rosas and Carlos AyaRosas, two fitness trainers, who felt that there was a need…

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I have been thinking about how we often get in our own way and why it is so difficult to change that. How do we get so bogged down in minutia, problems, relationships, work, money problems? Learning From Animals Every morning my cat, Kelly, marched me outdoors. It does not matter what the temperature – winter…

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I enjoy creativity but as someone who is basically an artiste in the broadest sense, I am often stopped in my tracks by my fear of making mistakes. My very roots seem to be dipped in this feeling, and I have often made myself small by refusing to give myself enough space to explore. Even…

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Do you want to rock the boat? One way is to make art! Abstract art does many things but it is best at rocking the boat and causing us to see things in a new way. Rocking the boat is an important life skill, and one that highly sensitive people should embrace. Mindless Activity Currently, we…

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