Dear Sensitive Soul,

July felt intense for many people, including me. Did you feel it, too? For many of my clients, friends, and family, July was fraught with ghosts from the past, communication and technological mishaps, constant do-overs, and extreme intensity, in ways that felt both positive and challenging. There have been many deaths lately, many losses, and many gains. My astrological sources say that the Mercury Retrograde ended July 29, which partly explains things. But there are other forces influencing the situation, too. Regardless of the cause, it seems like a spiritually intense time for many of us.

For me, things have revolved around two major events: settling into our new home, and losing a dear friend in late June. With an underlying feeling of loss and a general feeling of being overwhelmed, it has been quite a process to unpack, tweak the little stuff, (Where does the beige chair go?) and stay on track with self care, rest, and connection with my sweetie.

On the other hand, we've had some delightful gatherings here in our new home and look forward to many more. Our kitties absolutely love their new house and private yard, though little Millie has taken it upon herself to bring home various and sundry (and hopefully abandoned) articles from around the neighborhood, including dusty old stuffed animals she found who-knows-where. The cutest part is that she brought them in and put them by her own stuffed toys!

All the recent intensity prompted me to write today's article, "The Times We Live In." I hope you enjoy it.


P.S. One of my beloved clients asked about pictures of me, so I'll be posting some online after I return from an adventure to Mt. Shasta later this month.

Feature Article
The Times We Live In

When directly or unknowingly confronted with adversity, both personally and globally, sensitive souls are often powerfully affected. How do we, as people who feel things so deeply, handle such intense times like we are currently experiencing?

Recent weeks have felt like an inexorable tide — as though we are all being pulled along in a tumult of force, volume, and movement, whether we want to or not. There are peaks and there are valleys, but it has felt relentless and unyielding. I suspect that many of you have noticed something similar.

I believe that we experience "macro-shifts" in energy. As beings on this planet, we shift, grow, and change both collectively and individually. I sense that lately we have been experiencing a "contraction" -- a time of looking back to the past or being stuck in old habits, as we bring ourselves to a higher level of consciousness. Ultimately, I believe that even the challenges with such contractions are truly opportunities for awareness, learning, and growth. As a coach, I love that. But as a sensitive soul, it can sometimes feel like a bit too much.

So again, back to the original question: How can sensitive souls best cope with intense times? Consider these steps:

Take a spiritual view. Part of my answer is hidden in my notes above -- I often take a "spiritual step back." The key is shifting into a higher awareness or perspective that allows us to get out of our own limiting beliefs, fears, habits, and ego structures. I rely on my higher self, my guides, my teachers, and my empowered and sensitive friends for support, guidance, perspective, and validation. I use oracles and websites that help me find my way to a greater view. In particular, here are some resources I find helpful:

Keep the energy moving. When dealing with intense energy, there are simple ways to keep it moving so it doesn't get stuck in your own personal energy. Strong exercise, laughter, singing, and dancing, for example, will help shift your vibration into a higher octave and let the intensity dissipate from your personal experience.

Ramp-up on self care. There's a lot of talk about self care these days. But what does it really mean? Self care, to me, means prioritizing your own wellbeing through the basic things that help you feel balanced, clear, and calm. What that looks like on the ground will be specific to you. For me, it includes getting extra sleep, taking time for breaks and rest, doing self-nurturing things that recharge my energy, taking Epsom salts baths, exercising, eating well, drinking plenty of water, and clearing out my schedule of anything but the most essential and uplifting activities, both personally and professionally.

Create space to turn within. As sensitive souls, turning inward in difficult times can be just the nurturing required. Our culture would have us believe that rushing and filling in all our moments is imperative to success. I bump into this belief often, both personally and with my clients. However, I find that giving myself permission to rest, reschedule, and reorient is incredibly healing, and ultimately gives me more energy and resilience in the long-term. I hereby give you permission to do the same.

Take a break from managing the planet. While many people believe that it's our duty as citizens to keep abreast of the latest news, I find that American news is often prone to fear mongering and negativity. I choose to keep that out of my personal space. I give myself permission not to read, watch, or listen to the news. I believe that when I do so, I am better able to be a positive beacon of light in the world -- a way-shower and guide. As a sensitive soul, you too are a bearer of light and wisdom for this world of ours. By taking care of yourself, you'll be better able to do your soul work.


So, find ways to make your life a little easier and less complicated, knowing that all the work, news, and drama will be there whenever you want to go back to it. The important thing to remember is that when you allow your own light to shine, you will inspire others to do the same. And that's much needed in the times we are living in.

Spotlight on the Sensitive Professionals Network

Featured Member
Here is a listing from one of the latest members of the Sensitive Professionals Network. We are proud to let you know about her.

Deb Waterstone
Deb is a learning specialist, coach, and facilitator who provides custom services that develop the mind, engage the heart, and nurture the spirit. As a highly sensitive business owner for 14 years, she is committed to helping her clients express their most authentic and inspired self in the world.

Deb offers program design services to business practitioners who want to offer workshops or classes to share their expertise and attract clients. She also coaches women business owners who seek a whole-being approach to achieving personal and professional results. Her home base is Madison, Wisconsin.

Please visit or call Deb at 608.224.0092. To find out about current class offerings visit

About the Network
As you may have read recently, the Sensitive Professionals Network is one of my latest initiatives. The network is a place where sensitive professionals can gently promote their services, and both give and receive support from other sensitive professionals on the challenges that sensitives face in succeeding professionally. It is also a place for sensitive people everywhere to find suitable and understanding professionals in a range of fields. Through Aug. 30, there is an introductory membership rate available for $20 per year. (It will regularly be $39.) Find out more here.

Recommended Events for Sensitive Souls

In addition to my own classes, (see sidebar) I highly recommend the following wonderful events:

HSP Gathering Retreat in British Columbia this fall
If you have ever wanted to attend a HSP Gathering and go to British Columbia, now is your chance. The very first HSP Gathering Retreat in British Columbia will be held Sept. 23-27 at The Haven on Gabriola Island. Dr. Elaine Aron will be joining this Gathering by phone or teleconference on Monday, Sept. 25. For details and to register, go to Jacquelyn Strickland's website and click on HSP Gatherings.

Sonia Choquette on Tour:
Wake Up Your Spirit and Connect to Your Guides

If you've never had the chance to see Sonia Choquette in person, I recommend the experience. She is one of my greatest teachers and mentors. I will be at her December event in San Francisco, hosting a table for people interested in participating locally in Six Sensory San Francisco, a group dedicated to raising our vibration and living a six-sensory life.

Here are the dates for Sonia's tour:

Aug. 13, Denver, Colorado
Nov. 5, Los Angeles, California
Nov. 18, Seattle, Washington
Dec. 3, San Francisco, California
Dec. 9, New York City, New York

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