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Navigating Life as a Highly Sensitive Person: Embracing Our Gifts

Introduction:

In a world that often celebrates toughness and resilience, being highly sensitive can feel like a vulnerability. However, what if we shift our perspective and see sensitivity as a strength? The term "Highly Sensitive Person" (HSP) was coined by Psychologist Eileen Aron in 1996 to describe individuals, approximately 20% of the population, who possess a higher level of sensitivity to their environment.

Here we'll explore some of what it means to be an HSP, the unique gifts it brings, and how embracing sensitivity can lead to personal growth and fulfillment, as well as help catalyse planetary transformation.

Understanding Highly Sensitive Persons:

Being an HSP is not a flaw; it's an innate trait that seems to have some genetic components. People with this trait tend to be empathic and intuitive, with a deep inner life and one or more gifts or abilities that are considered out of the ordinary.

These individuals are often seekers of deep spiritual truth and are driven by an impulse to help others, and yet simultaneously can feel alone and isolated, especially during their upbringing if their sensitivity is not recognized or else devalued.

Embracing Sensitivity:

Despite these challenges, being highly sensitive also comes with its own set of strengths. HSPs have a heightened awareness of their surroundings, picking up on subtle cues that others may overlook as well as a keen sense of intuition. Together these provide useful information and act as a compass for decision-making. 

Their empathic nature also enables HSP's to connect deeply with other people, fostering meaningful relationships and a sense of community, and HSPs also often possess creative and artistic talents,

Navigating Life's Challenges:

While being highly sensitive has its advantages, it's also not without practical difficulties. HSPs may struggle with overstimulation in noisy or chaotic environments, leading to feelings of overwhelm and exhaustion.

Moreover, our deep emotional sensitivity can make us more susceptible to stress, anxiety, and depression.

Taking time to nurture our inner world through practices like meditation and journaling, spending time in nature and surrounding ourselves with supportive and understanding individuals who appreciate our gifts and talents all help to create a suitable environment, essential self-care, for an HSPs to navigate life more easily.

Embracing Your Gifts:

As an HSP, embracing our sensitivity and gifts is the key to unlocking our full potential. Rather than viewing these as a weakness, as is often portrayed in society or to be hidden for fear of being judged or shunned, these  are actually our superpower.

Some gifts HSP's can have include being clairvoyant, telepathic, intuiting the future, precognitive dreams, the ability to feel other peoples emotions or physical symptoms in their body...and many more.

Conclusion:

Although being a Highly Sensitive Person is a sometimes challenging trait, by embracing and nurturing our sensitivity and our unique gifts, we can live life with authenticity, compassion, and resilience.

The world actually needs our sensitivity and gifts now more than ever as humanity navigates through these uncertain and very changing times..

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