Deep Listening

When the same information/data shows up from multiple sources, I pay attention. This week, two different people shared similar versions on the same story, so I thought I'd elaborate on it here. The story goes that there are certain cultures (e.g., Asian, Native American) where it's customary to listen deeply when someone is speaking—which minimizes interruptions that are considered inappropriate, or even rude.  The listener then generally replies after they have had a moment...

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Extending Invitations

empath rejection self-care Jun 07, 2022

When I was a kid, I'd walk to other kids' homes and knock on the door to see if they wanted to come out and play. Today, we have all sorts of ways to extend an invitation from texting to social media, however, extending the invitation to "come out and play" becomes a bit more complex as we age and take on more responsibilities. Instead, many factors come into play (pun intended) like time, energy, and resources, as well as fears and limiting beliefs that keep us from even creating the...

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What is Real?

One of the key themes that show up in my Land Listening Walks is how participants notice different things. On one walk, some saw a labyrinth up ahead, while I totally missed it. On a different trip, a couple noticed the lilacs, while I was in awe of the dandelions that made the path look like we were following the yellow brick road. 

This is a simple example of how each of us is operating within our own reality. Our reality is shaped by our awareness, and our awareness comes as...

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Holding Space: What is it?

Even if “holding space” was a common phrase, its meaning can involve various interpretations.  This confusion is less of an issue for those who are consistently clear about their needs and follow-through on them, but for empaths, confusion around what it means to “hold space" for someone is a bit riskier. 

Empaths are not only found in helping roles and professions—where we are frequently expressing the gift of "holding space"—but we also tend...

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What If...

When I ask clients, and members of my The Empath's Journey Facebook group, about their biggest, wildest dream, it's not uncommon for them to feel stumped.

Creating space for day-dreaming, and imagining, hasn't exactly been a core value in our produce and consume culture. In addition, Empaths—those who can feel others' emotions as if they are their own—have learned to become highly attuned to others' needs (to minimize the risk of feeling others' dense emotions...

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Don't Fit In?

It makes me smile when I hear a new client say something along the lines of, "I so resonated with your website and just felt that I needed to reach out to you."

If they only knew what it took for me to get to the point of sharing the copy that's on my website, especially my Home and About pages!

To attract the clients I could best serve, I needed to write—and then share—an authentic expression of my journey, including my experiences in the "Ordinary World" where I spent...

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Reveal Your Purpose Part 1

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to connect with your intuition when it comes to supporting other people, but challenging when it comes to tuning into your own needs and desires? 

One of the biggest challenges that Empath's face is feeling lost and confused about which direction to take.  The last thing you want to do is make the "wrong" decision (due to the risk of feeling others' reactions—anger, fear, or sadness within your own body).

But what if your awareness of...

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Reveal Your Purpose Part 2

There once was a woman taking a leisurely stroll in nature with another creator being—when all of a sudden, this other being said something that shocked her out of her body.  Her essence went into the other's mind to collect data—to learn what they needed—so that she could do something, to help them. She would do anything before the anger/fear had a chance to escalate.

Once she'd gathered enough intel to know the perfect words to say,...

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Protection to Peace

empath peace protection stress Sep 23, 2021

"The world is not safe."  This belief gets passed down through the generations and circulates in a culture burdened by patriarchy, misogyny, racism, individualism, meritocracy, and materialism.*

What happens when you believe (consciously, or not) "The world is not safe?"

In a stressful environment...

  • We see how these burdens play out.  Perspectives narrow to focus on survival, and the parts of ourselves that aim to protect and keep us safe take on extreme jobs that make it...
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What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

"How could you not know what you want?"

Some might wonder how it's possible to lack such clarity, but what they don't realize is that for those of us who are so highly attuned to the needs of others, we often have parts of ourselves that believe it's not safe to turn inward and follow through on our own self-care. The result is that it can lead to confusion about where to focus your energy, keeping busy in areas that are not serving you, and withdrawing until you can recharge your...

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