How to melt your shame by being with it

How to melt your shame by being with it

Even if you’ve learned to be painfully hard on yourself, you can melt your shame with awareness and presence. If you’ve ever told yourself you were “too sensitive,” you know how painful that is. To reject a trait you were born with is to reject your very being.... Read more
Understanding Your HSP Trait, Part 2: Overarousal

Understanding Your HSP Trait, Part 2: Overarousal

Overarousal is the central challenge for HSPs. The causes are both external and internal, and managing both is essential for your well-being.  In the first article of this four-part series, I explored deep processing— the first of four characteristics shared by highly... Read more
My mind is like a chainsaw

My mind is like a chainsaw

If you are highly sensitive, you need to learn to manage your mind. Your mental health and happiness depend upon it. I have a chainsaw for a brain. It’s truly a mixed bag. Chainsaws are indispensable when you need to cut through a lot of material and do it fast. We... Read more
HSPs may be too nice to bite. But we can hiss.

HSPs may be too nice to bite. But we can hiss.

Can you be too nice? Yes. In an effort to be nice, HSPs can stop being honest with ourselves and others. This creates trouble in our relationships.  In a recent session, I shared with my spiritual director a challenging situation I was struggling to deal with. In... Read more
3 things every HSP should know about subtle trauma

3 things every HSP should know about subtle trauma

If you are highly sensitive, you’ll benefit from an understanding of subtle trauma. Once you recognize the signs, you can seek support if you need it. I found myself thinking about trauma responses last week after my partner caught a possum in our Havahart trap. The... Read more
Why deep listening is spiritual catnip for HSPs

Why deep listening is spiritual catnip for HSPs

Sensitive people are gifted at deep listening, and we naturally offer this gift to others. But we also need to make sure we receive lots of deep listening ourselves. I haven’t met a cat who could resist catnip. And I haven’t met a highly sensitive person who could... Read more