Your Sensitivity is Your Superpower
Growing up I was told I was too sensitive and that my feelings were too big. I interpreted these messages to mean that my feelings were wrong and I was somehow wrong, which left me feeling steeped in shame. My feelings and sensitivity persisted even when I tried to push them away with alcohol and drugs.
Today, after being sober for twenty-five years, I LOVE my sensitivity. It is my superpower. It is what helps me be a good coach and able to tap into others’ sensitivity. Today I know that I am fortunate to have been able to hold onto my sensitive side. It is how I can put myself in other people’s shoes and have empathy. And in many ways, I have even had to work with how I can feel others pain or in other words, my ability to be an empath.
But it was a long journey from pain and shame around being sensitive to where I am today at 48 years old. It took finding people I trusted to honor my sensitivity and love me for it. Most importantly, it took me learning to love myself around it.
To be sensitive is courageous, especially in a world that has many systems in place that discourages it. Our society is filled with ways to push away feelings, such as drinking, drugs, shopping, sex, food , social media and much more.
I love this quote by the Dali Lama:
The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storyteller and lovers of all kinds. – Dalai Lama
It is time for sensitive souls to rise and bring their brilliance forward. It is time for us to find each other, lock arm and arm, and create a better world. It is time for the old patriarchal, capitalist system to die, and it is actually dying.
I find that I work with wise, sensitive women who have so much to offer the world. They are creative, thoughtful, and filled with innovative ideas to restore our broken world. But in a world that does not honor or value sensitivity, they can often feel stuck.
The only way I was able to learn to love and embrace my sensitivity was to find people to love me for it and then learn to love myself. There are actually many of us out in the world who feel sensitive, who feel a lot of feelings and who want to make a difference.
Our time is now. As we shelter-in-place due to covid-19, I invite you to bring awareness to all your feelings: grief, anger, frustration, disappointment. Feel those feelings and then see what arises on the other side, as that is where the magic is for all of us. The feelings are our road map, and as long as we follow them with love and compassion, something beautiful will emerge.
This is not a time to shove down your feelings or hide them. Rather, allow them to rise. Be patient, kind, and loving with yourself, and then the magic will happen., The ideas will flow and the next right action will be clear. There is a rhythm and flow with sensitivity, follow the flow, allow it to rise.
Here is another great quote I love by Albert Einstein:
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. – Albert Einstein
The intuitive mind is birthed through our connection with our sensitivity. It really is a SUPER POWER! If you want more support in navigating your sensitivity to hear your soul’s whisper, I would love to work with you.