You're an empath
. Although most people are able to sympathize with others, you can literally feel
the emotions of those around you. Being this plugged in is an asset, but it can also take a heavy toll if not properly managed. A disempowered empath can become a victim of their gift. Ain't nobody got time for that!
You have work to do and a purpose too great to be paralyzed! To maintain balance and protect yourself, you need to preserve your energy for maximum effectiveness. Here are 17 tried and true tips to help you become a thriving and empowered empath:
1. Know how you tick.
Think of all the people in the world as pieces of a puzzle. Most people function as their own individual puzzle piece, but YOU have somehow managed to tap into all the pieces. Your life is not just about yourself. You feel connected to everyone around you, especially those who are suffering. This is an amazing gift and a heavy burden, but if managed correctly you are equipped to make a significant impact in the world around you
2. Understand yourself.
It's likely that your characteristics are partially genetic and partly circumstantial. Tracing the roots to the source of your empathy can provide a sense of purpose and direction. What circumstances in your life cultivated your ability to relate so profoundly to suffering?
3. Get to the bottom of it.
In order to operate in a healthy way, you have to take the time to examine yourself. If necessary, begin the process of forgiving anyone who wasn't able to give you what you needed when you needed it. Until you've done this, you won't be able to reach your maximum potential. You'll always be manipulating your gift for approval and validation
4. Do what works for you.
You are coded differently. Though you're extremely driven, you may not be suited for work environments centered solely on revenue and profitability. You are more concerned with ethical results than quick ones. For you, no amount of money is worth your integrity. Embrace the fact that your path is unique and work toward a profession that feeds your passion.
5. Follow your heart.
It might seem unrealistic to some, but you have to trust that operating in your calling will open doors and pave the way for miraculous opportunities. Your power lies in your spirit, not your size. Take fellow empath and activist Johnetta "Netta" Elzie
for example. After the tragic shooting death of Michael Brown
in Ferguson, MO, she was moved to action. In an interview with O Magazine
, she described her practical response to the events that followed. "I was spreading the word about where to drop off food or care packages and gathering people to clear away tear gas canisters," she said. Netta was just being herself and doing what came naturally to her. Her gut reaction to care for her community would customize a lane for her at the helm of the Black Lives Matter movement