Flourishing with Sensory Processing Sensitivity
In last month’s newsletter I mentioned my new habit of viewing my sensitivity as an asset. This has raised my sense of well-being and helped clarify when to redirect my focus. It sounds so easy, doesn’t it? It can be. This act also supports the powerful phenomena that thoughts not only impact our bodies but how we experience our circumstances. I like how Mike Dooley said “It’s as if our positive thoughts are ten thousand times more powerful than our negative thoughts.” (And to those of you who appreciate the whole truth and nothing but the truth I am very aware when high sensitivity feels awful: mental depletion from excessive thinking, intolerance for loud or overwhelming environments, deep cringing from breathing in settings dominated by technology.) I go there too.
On another note a dear friend commented about the possibility of me feeling sensitive about being sensitive. Huh? Let me explain. As I attempt to show up more honestly in the world I find myself hesitating to say it like it really is, especially how life impacts me: physically, emotionally, even spiritually. I’ve noticed urges to minimize how powerful it feels to feel loved by another, how distressing it can feel to be dysregulated by dark thoughts and even how one’s entire being can climb into a yearning that a moment last forever. Hiding is a waste of our original experience. Let’s not do it.
I’m off to hike in a forest preserve and appreciate what my trait will notice: wide open skies, the calming colors of winter brush, unpainted barns and cold fresh air. For anyone who wants to share how they are finding their trait to be an asset feel free to email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them in next month’s newsletter.
Until then, we are in this together,
What cracked me up this month: