Do you often feel deeply attuned to the feelings of people around you? For example, when someone smiles and says they’re fine, perhaps you know they really aren’t?
Do crowds make you uncomfortable? Maybe you’ve left a party or public place because you felt a surge of energy—you were suddenly mad or frustrated, even though you’d been having a perfectly good time. This could be picked-up energy from another guest, and you might be an empath.
The Gift and Stress of Being an Empath
Empaths have the ability to understand the experiences and feelings of others outside of their own perspective. It is different from empathy or compassion. Being an empath means you physically experience the same emotions as others.
[Read: “What Does It Mean to Be a True Empath?”]
Being an empath can be a deeply sensory experience and a great gift. It means you care deeply about the world and other people. But it can also create distress; because empaths sense and feel others’ emotions as if they’re part of their own experience, it can be challenging to know whose emotions they are. In other words, someone else’s pain and or stress can latch onto you.
- If you are an empath, here are some helpful ways to feel more grounded in your own energetic field:
- Notice when you feel an emotional surge. Where do you feel it in your body?
- Ask, is this mine? Pay attention to your inner guide.
- Notice where you are, who you are with, and what you are doing.
- Breathe into the tight areas and imagine breathing out your compassion into the world.
- Detach from the drama around you. Notice what you are consuming—news, stressful or needy people, violence in movies or TV; decrease and take lots of nature breaks.
Affirmations to Balance Your Emotional State
To further support you in these difficult times, these affirmations can help you reclaim your true power and balance out your emotional state.
- I acknowledge my discomforts. I feel what needs to be felt.
- I seek out sanctuary and trust the process.
- I can only take responsibility for me.
- The fastest way to solve the problem is to stop participating in the problem.
- I see love everywhere.
- I take time to rest. I nurture my body and give it what it needs.
- I detach from the drama around me.
- I am calm in the chaos.
- My anxiety is not based on reality. I perceive the world with love.
- I don’t waste time with negative thoughts.
- Kindness wins.
- When I am feeling angst, I ask, “What is this situation trying to teach me?”
- My beliefs do not define me. I am willing to see other perspectives without judgment.
- When I look at the world as a good, happy, and kind place, good, happy, and kind things come to me.
- I believe in the good of humanity.
- I witness situations without judgment.
- I see the world with love. I am the love.
- I am enchanted with life.
- I see the beauty in everything. All is well.
- I pray for the highest good of all involved.
These affirmations are from Shannon Kaiser’s book Find Your Happy Daily Mantras.
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