The Gift (and So-Called “Curse”) of Sensitivity

Hey Friends!

Today, I want to share a personal challenge of mine with you all.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a deep connection with my emotions. I spent many years feeling like being sensitive was a weakness, but over the last several years I’ve come to realize it’s quite the opposite.

Sensitivity is an incredible gift.

The ability to recognize your emotions is a skill you can use to enhance your life. But I know just how scary it is to trust this skill sometimes.

Growing up, I often had really strong feelings, but didn’t know how to handle them. I’d get stuck in these spaces of struggle and feel like there was nothing I could do about it. So instead of paying attention to my emotions, I would avoid them. I’d ignore how I was feeling, but then it would always come out in some other form. Something would end up upsetting me that had nothing to do with the real issue.

As the years went on, I was really fortunate to connect with mentors and teachers that taught me how to find the strength and power in my sensitivity.

I learned how to move through my feelings instead of getting caught in them. It’s still not easy to look at areas in my life that cause me pain, but now I know what’s waiting for me on the other side of this journey. Peace and clarity.

I was getting stuck in my feelings because I was afraid to keep going. I didn’t realize that I was only making the misery last longer by avoiding the feelings instead of facing them. It’s when I started accepting the emotions that were showing up and really allowing myself to feel them that I was able to work my way through them.

This process changed my relationship with sensitivity. It was the key that unlocked my ability to engage with my feelings and let them guide me in a healthy way. When I was ignoring the feelings, they were controlling my choices in ways I didn’t even recognize. Now, they’re one aspect that I choose to take in consideration when making decisions.

It was so freeing to stop fighting this part of myself and find a way to work with it instead. Over time, I began developing a reverence and an appreciation for my sensitivity. I started recognizing that it serves a purpose. The emotions and feelings that come up for me always have a message. By opening myself up to this message, I get the opportunity to tune in to my intuition.

Taking the time to honor my feelings and trust them opened doors and cleared paths I didn’t know existed before.  

Now that I’m listening to the messages beneath the emotions, life feels a lot easier and more aligned than it used to. Even when I’m uncomfortable, nervous, or scared in situations that these feelings guide me to I know, deep down, that I’m exactly where I belong. This knowing, is what helps me stay rooted as I continue growing and changing for the better.

Being sensitive empowers me to stand strong.  

Now I’m turning it over to YOU. Can you relate to this story at all?

Do you ever get overwhelmed or lost in your feelings? Or do you find yourself doing everything possible to avoid thinking about them?

What would life be like if you felt like your sensitivity was a strength? What if you had the tools to work through and actually deal with the emotions you face instead of feeling so stuck in them?

Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. – Stay tuned for next week’s post because I’ll be sharing some of my favorite strategies for working through overwhelming feelings and emotions and highlighting the strengths behind sensitivity.

P.P.S. – Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, or uninspired by your life? Is there a challenge you’re facing or goal you’d like to work towards? If you’re ready to take a bold, true leap in your life, I can help you. Click here to schedule a free discovery session with me.  

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