I've always loved plants. When I was little, I'd spend time with my Mema. She had a small back yard but had space where she would grow corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, and squash. She always had a plant or two that she was excited about. Those were some of the best memories. Now that I look back, she was probably an Earth Empath, too.
Earth empaths are deeply connected with the planet and its natural powers. We connect with seasons, weather, plants, trees, ocean tides, and can sense the earth's changes in the weather. We feel grounded in nature and can feel the energy of some of the shifts that happen.
As an Earth Empath, there’s something so wonderful about knowing how to make things grow. I've been known to randomly throw out seeds in the flower bed, bury an avocado seed (or two), just to see what would happen. Well, guess what? I have 2 very strong baby avocado trees growing on my back porch. A few years ago, my husband...
It may seem as if the emotions of others are contagious for emotional empaths.
What’s going on here?
This can be related to the mirror neuron system. Researchers found that a specific group of brain cells may be responsible for the ability to show and feel compassion. Emotional empaths appear to have hyper-responsive mirror neurons, which allows them to deeply understand and resonate with other people's feelings and emotions.
Do you deeply feel the emotions of others?
Congratulations, EMPATHS!! You have a strong set of mirror neurons!
This is your SUPERPOWER!
What I've found is that the information is there, but we sometimes don't understand how to use our gifts or balance all of this information with responsibility. I've seen everything from breaking out of old patterns to using the information of being an empath as a license to drop further into victimhood and isolation.
Well, I’d love to make it real simple for ya, tell you a little story, and let you decide for yourself. Mantra really just means mind-vehicle.
What does the mantra do?
The sound (the mantra) becomes the vehicle that allows us to experience oneness.
It concentrates all the stuff that already exists within you and mantras are a great way of finding that stillness and silence.
Do I personally use a mantra while meditation? I sure do! I have a personal mantra that I use on a daily basis. I also have the privilege of giving mantras to my students based on the name of the light from the star that the moon saw when they were born. It’s almost magical.
If you’re still doubting whether you should use a mantra during meditation, this might change your mind. In Paths to God,...
Some of my clients express frustration with daydreaming. Why? Many of us have been told it’s associated with being lazy. I mean, since when did daydreaming become a bad thing?
You see, empaths daydream a LOT. Once I started reminding my clients of the benefits of daydreaming, they started feeling empowered.
Want to know some of the benefits of daydreaming?
A few examples of enhanced daydreaming would be meditating, practicing yoga, or during a shower. Ever notice how great ideas...
Many of us love the holidays and look forward to spending time with loved ones, watching movies, and making your favorite meal. This time of year can also be very stressful and especially challenging for empaths and highly sensitive people. We tend to absorb the stressful energy of others.
Here are my 5 Self Care Tips for Empaths - The Holiday Edition
1. Enjoy the lightness of the Holiday Cheer. Use your senses to make the most of the holiday season. The smell of cinnamon, the sight of the beautiful decorations, and the sound of music that makes the season so special.
2. Overwhelmed by Crowds? This is a great time to look at your options here. You might find a time that is less crowded or you can be mindful not to go into crowded situations unless you feel centered and ready. Online shopping is one of my favorites.
3. Stillness - Excessive noise and activity can be overstimulating. Plan still, nonverbal times to allow yourself to recover from noise and...
There have also been a number of questions about being an empath, what types of empaths there are, and some of you are even worried that you're NOT an empath.
Please don't worry (seriously, leave that to us). So why would you want to hang around if you're not an empath or a highly sensitive person (HSP)?
Back to my question. Have you repeatedly been told you're too sensitive? I have. And it made me feel even worse for actually having these feelings. The more I pushed the feelings down, the sicker I got. I was exhausted, I isolated and was fearful that the emotions would come back stronger (and they did).
As empaths, this can make us feel frustrated, fearful, and stuck. It's a terrible way to live. When started embracing this gift, I really started to live. Trust me - I fought it.
When I decided to put myself at...
I've received so many emails with a flood of questions asking what it's like being an empath, what types of empaths are out there, and how they can manage this divine trait. There are a variety of empaths so I thought I'd focus on one at a time. I get it. It's easy to get overwhelmed with so much information.
To put it simply, physical empaths absorb or manifest symptoms that aren't their own.
For me, if I see someone hurt, my body physically takes on symptoms and it becomes very uncomfortable. As a kid, when someone would talk about the details of an injury or when I'd even see something on TV, I'd say "That makes the bottom of my feet hurt." (what an odd thing to say, right?) As a kid, that was the best way to describe it.
This is hard for the other 80% of the population to understand. If you're still a bit confused, I'll highlight some of the signs that you might be a physical empath:
You've been told you're...
Although there can be an adjustment period, there are 3 simple strategies we can use to feel better.
1. Alone time. For an empath, having alone time in a relationship is not just a luxury. It's a necessity. Balance alone time with people time. Regularly take what Dr. Judith Orloff calls “a golden hour” to decompress, meditate, or any other mindfulness practice.
2. Take breaks. Get into the habit of having lots of mini-breaks throughout the day. Express to those closest to you how vital this is. Empaths need to think and process alone to regroup. Think of this is a time-out for yourself. It gives you space to gain more clarity and will help recharge you for the rest of the day.
3. Don't play the blame game....
Did you know that some people are earth empaths?
Earth or nature empaths are connected and tuned in to the natural world and all the changes going on around the planet. The beauty of nature can energize empaths but the toxicity of pollutants can make them feel sick exhausted or depressed.
How do you know if you’re an earth empath?
You’re probably very sensitive to the earth’s changes in your body. Energetically you can feel the power of a thunderstorm, the changes of the moon, or the heightened energy of the forest. You also may be very sensitive to weather changes and the amount of daylight.
Earth empaths may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. (SAD) and may become depressed when the days are shorter. They may also have premonitions about natural disasters or feel them intensely in their bodies as they’re occurring.
I have to say, I can relate to some of these traits. I always thought I was weird or that I was making excuses for feeling so...