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What is an Empath?
Last year a good and intuitive friend of mine asked me if Iíd ever considered that I might be an empath.
I was telling him that I thought something must be wrong with me because I cry so easily about emotional scenes in movies and television shows. I canít endure watching violent horror movies anymore.
My days of watching Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers every Halloween season came to an end years ago. I donít even know the person I used to be who adored these types of movies.
I decided to do a little research into the what and how of an empath. I learned some amazing and interesting bits of information.
According to author, radio show host (we have lots in common J ) and Life Issues Counselor Randi Fine, ďEmpaths are people who are highly sensitive to the energy and the emotions of the people, animals, and sometimes even the spiritual imprints that exist around them.Ē
I found that the majority of the traits listed for an empath do indeed describe the person I am now.
Strangers often open up to me about their lives usually adding that they have no idea why they are telling me these things. I am highly spiritual and often find the physical world to be too ďheavy.Ē I use that same adjective to describe how everything feels to me quite often.
I do feel a strong connection with animals and nature and find being outside to be very healing. I do find crowded places to be very uncomfortable and even avoid many musical events and concert performances of my favorite bands because I canít bear the thought of being around so many people.
I am a writer. I have a vivid imagination. I feel an energy upon meeting someone and decide immediately whether I like or dislike them. Iíve tried to deny this as I feel like I shouldnít judge a book by its cover. Perhaps if Iíd listened I would have chosen better in my relationships with mates.
I have issues with my solar plexus chakra..the seat of emotions. I have a strong need for solitude and can actually only find peace and contentment by living alone with my dog.
The ability to ďfeel the days of the weekĒ is huge to me. Itís been such a considerable part of my life since childhood. Iíve gotten that Sunday night feeling since 3rd grade and my sister and I were shuttled back and forth between parents every Sunday night at 9 p.m. I get that Monday feeling whether I work Mondays or not.
I am prone to mood swings and have been told all my life that Iím moody. It seems perfectly natural to me. I am constantly bombarded with stimuli that shifts my mood from happy to sad. Why are other people not? Iíve often thought I must ďfeelĒ more deeply than most people I know.
I love to learn. I canít get enough of learning. Of course I have experienced many paranormal occurrences; and, ďthere are many things I cannot watch on television without becoming extremely depressed.Ē
There are so many more traits listed that I feel describe me accurately. What is interesting to me is that I donít feel these traits describe the person I used to be when I was much younger. I feel like itís been a journey of learning and experiencing and growing into this person by constantly seeking to know more about why I am here and by always trying to become a wiser and better person.
Now, what do I do with this? Unfortunately, my friend who first turned me down this path passed away unexpectedly and tragically not long after I received his guidance.
The first bit of information on how to take care of myself as an empath is to drink plenty of water. Isnít that interesting? The article states that empaths need a lot of water. I have had issues with my kidneys and stones for 30 years. I have to constantly remind myself to drink plenty of water every day. I get so involved in what Iím doing that I forget to stop and drink water.
Other advice offered is good for everyone to follow: a healthy diet, good exercise, play, meditation, yoga, spending time outdoors, laughing, use of essential oils and crystals, balancing of chakras, Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping), music and love.
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