The Paths We Travel Working With Our Sensitivity

Edward BonapartianEmotional And Mental Health, Uncategorized11 Comments

“All of life is a circle” my meditation teacher tells me during a discussion on  the lessons life often presents; “Regardless of the starting point, at one time or another life’s circumstances will always steer you back to similar circumstances; if for no other reason than to allow awareness of the progress of one’s own journey.” In my memory of that conversation, the point he made lingers.While time has shown me that it is all too easy for the Highly Sensitive to fall prey to any negative emotions generated during these experiences, over time I have realized that it is actually our sensitivity which plays a key role in also allowing us to recognize the lessons in growth contained within the experience. Similar to a double edged sword, our sensitivity can hinder or benefit us; it all depends on how we work with our sensitivity. Working With Our Sensitivity Working with our sensitivity may seem like a strange concept. Similar to how we work with our sleep dreams, we can be passive or proactive with the experience. The key here is in recognizing that being a Highly Sensitive Person is not an identity as our ego’s would have us believe. Instead, it is simply an aspect of our energetic makeup which in itself has different aspects; one of which is intuition. Sensitivity and intuition often go hand in hand. A favorite teacher of mine put it succinctly when she  commented” It’s all about energy” when I had asked her where intuition comes from. As I exited the building where our meditation class was held, I saw the lone figure of a friend, Kira, sitting on a bench by the Koi pond.  A tall, thin blond in her sixties, Kira held herself with a quiet dignity that I often admired. As I walked … Read More

Welcome To 2017!

Maria HillUncategorized0 Comments

Best wishes for a joyful and satisfying new year. 2016 has been challenging as our cultural systems undergo change and even breakdown. Many of us are afraid, myself included. I hope you will take heart – there are so many like-minded people seeking a kinder, fairer world. There is much to be done to transition to a world that makes more sense and works better for more of us and our environment is in desperate need of a rest. I hope you find your unique path in all of the change and confusion. I look forward to sharing this year’s journey with you. Maria Hill Founder Maria Hill Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution and HSP Health. She is the creator of several courses for sensitives: The Whole Self Course – soul centric psychology and the highly sensitive person and The Foundation Course For Sensitives covering the trait, important cultural frameworks, work and career, relationships, energy mastery and Ayurveda. They can be found here. She is a long time meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.

Ready To Release Problems That Aren’t Yours?

Maria HillUncategorized0 Comments

As a sensitive person I struggled for many years (decades) to handle all of the energy and information I encountered on a daily basis. At a young age I was overwhelmed with all of the energy conflicts, expectations and demands of the world, many of which did not make sense to me. Sometimes they still don’t but these days I have an easier time. The reason I feel more comfortable is not because the world has become easier but because I have tools to help me handle the volumes of information I need to digest and come to terms with. Most Strategies Are Not Enough Sensitive people are offered many strategies for handling their sensitivity. Many are excellent. I am a meditator and partial to Ayurveda. I am also a reiki master. I use many different strategies to help myself. Personally I think we need more. The world we live in has become so fast, complex and fragmented that it is very difficult to process information fast enough to respond in a timely way to people and situations around us. We have to build up a body of experience that we can draw on in order to become faster and wiser in how we relate to the world. That is fine as far as it goes, however, there is no way that anyone can develop a large enough inner library of experiences to respond effectively to the huge number of issues and contexts of modern life. Many sensitive people reduce their interaction with the world and a certain amount of that is necessary in order to recharge and get necessary rest. But that is not all that we can do. I have found solutions that make it much easier to process information and make decisions that still honor my sensitive … Read More

Subtle Energies

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Subtle energies are what you notice when you are in stillness. Subtle energies are precious information. Subtle energies have truth in them, but they don’t scream and yell their message. They are there to be discerned. Subtle energies are where highly sensitive people live. A Lost Skill Subtle energies require good listening skills. Somewhere in the progress of the human race, we seem to have stopped listening. Our early ancestors may not have had our material sophistication but they knew how to listen to the energies around them. A tracker for a tribe, any hunter, and shaman or medicine man knew about subtle energy and what the various energies meant. Their knowledge was a matter of life and death. Subtle energies are fluid and moving. They are not tied to anything. They just are. Subtle energies are present everywhere and in everything. They include everything. They include time, space, materiality, qualities – hard, soft etc., attitude, and direction. Subtle energies are our path to the flow state. They are also our window to the connection of mind and body that many of us have lost. Subtle Energies At Work One of the best examples of a great use of subtle energies is Ayurveda, the ancient holistic healing system. Ayurveda categorizes everything by subtle energies.  Each of the three human body types of doshas is a group of subtle energies.  All three exist in each of us in different combinations. When Ayurveda suggests food for a dosha, it is recommending the best subtle energy choices that will support health in a particular individual. Each of the seasons and stages of life represent different subtle energies as well. This is the reason that Ayurveda has become a great resource for people seeking a way to manage their health themselves. Understanding subtle energies … Read More

5 Ways To Boost Your Self Esteem

Nicole TaffsUncategorized2 Comments

Self esteem is not a hot and sexy topic. Not even close. I know people don’t love to talk about their self esteem in front of others. But I’m passionate about it. Self esteem is defined as confidence in one’s own worth or abilities. Have you ever noticed how prevalent low self esteem is among the highly sensitive population? I have. I have also grown to understand there is a lot we can do to change that. Once we become comfortable in our skin, our self esteem can soar. You see, I have experienced both sides of this spectrum. I used to have low self esteem and all the accompanying characteristics. Then one day I began to ask myself…why. Why did I feel this way? This one question inspired over 10 years of studying low self esteem and strategies to increase it. It consistently remained a main goal for me to focus on over the years. My increased esteem has changed my life in ways I could have never imagined. People responded to it. Situations responded to it. Life responded to it. My relationships improved (or ended), my opportunities multiplied and my joy and inner peace grew. Most people don’t typically think about self esteem. It’s not usually on their radar. But what a role it plays in our lives. We wear low self esteem on us like a garment that everybody can see. I think it’s time we pay attention to it. So let’s start now. The 5 Quickest Ways To Recognize Your Worth This does take a bit of practice, but once you implement these strategies, you will instantly begin to notice changes in your life. Accept thoughts, emotions, and sensations as they are. Do not judge them, they are neutral and do not define who we are. … Read More

4 Ways To Stop Absorbing Other People’s Energy

Nicole TaffsEmotional And Mental Health, Personal Development, Uncategorized13 Comments

Learning to stop absorbing other people’s energy could be the biggest challenge facing highly sensitive people and empaths. We easily feel what other people feel, whether it is a family member, the grocery store clerk, a co-worker, or a stranger. Going through our day to day life requires a certain awareness in order to distinguish between our feelings and others. This ability to recognize what we are taking on allows us to make a conscious choice about what to do next. Though we gain a lot from this unique ability, we often pay a hefty price for it. We can feel controlled by this trait and allow it to influence where we go and who we see. But there is another way to live. We can learn to thrive in the world with this special gift, we just need the right tools. Tools To Stop Absorbing Other People’s Energy Get Grounded – this is the most important thing we can do in the morning, or anytime.  It’s no secret highly sensitive people have trouble staying grounded because we feel everything so intensely and live in our heads. But grounding ourselves is the first step to take if we don’t want to carry around other’s emotions and energy as if they were our own. In 5 minutes or less, you can do the following; Visualize roots growing out of the bottom of the feet, reaching deep into the ground. Picture this until the feet feel weighed down. Run cool water on the wrists, or bring the wrists together, one on top of the other, with the hands going in opposite directions. Hold for 5 minutes. Take    a shower or bath.  Spend 5 minutes meditating, focusing on deep inhalations and exhalations. Say the word OM, drawing out the word slowly and repeat it … Read More