to February! For us Californians, we’re
experiencing an odd mix of rain alternating with beautiful sunlight.
I personally prefer the sun, since I am light sensitive, but my
full spectrum bulbs are coming to the rescue! What’s up for
me these days is a deep look inward – I’m working to
further release old limiting beliefs, delve into self-protective
energy techniques, and deepen my understanding of the Enneagram.
Stay tuned for more information specifically for Highly Sensitive
Souls – this is a fruitful time for me, and I plan to share
what I learn with you!
I’m offering the popular Self
Care for Highly Sensitive Souls TeleClass, with new material for body, mind,
heart and soul. I’ll also be launching a March
Career Transformation Coaching Group with a free Intro TeleMeeting towards the end
of February (see Upcoming Events, right). And, as always, please
join me at this month’s free TeleGathering
for Highly Sensitive Souls.
I’ve also decided to offer a new service, one near and
dear to my heart – Daylong
Personal Discovery Retreats – these
in-person, one-on-one workshops are for the connoisseur of personal
development and exploration – someone ready to take their
self-knowledge to a deeper level of mastery. If you are looking
for more clarity, direction and vision in your life, this one
is for you.
I look forward to having you join me!
In peace – Jenna
of my favorite topics with Highly Sensitive Souls is Career Transformation.
As Highly Sensitive Souls, we are deeply influenced
by everything around us, and work in particular has a huge impact
on our well-being. We are not the kind of people who can take on
work without meaning – it quickly becomes “Drudgery,” as
Barrie Jaeger calls it in her new book, Making Work Work for
the Highly Sensitive Person. Forcing ourselves to pursue work without
meaning condemns us to lives of stress and desperate unhappiness
that impact us at the soul level.
I believe this happens because Highly Sensitive Souls are so in
touch with our spiritual purpose (whether we consciously recognize
it or not) that our souls let us know when we aren’t on our “right” path.
Our sensitivity, our feelings, and our bodies LET US KNOW, “This
is not for you!” - sometimes even to our own chagrin. One
of the most challenging aspects about letting go of my former profession
was hearing my colleagues say to me, “But you’re so
good at it!” And yet to me, it was hardly a valid argument.
Being Highly Sensitive means that we can be so good at a lot of
things - we are conscientious, thorough, loyal and diligent – we
do great work! But that’s not always enough for us. Our work
must also feed our minds, hearts and souls – we must be making
a contribution to the world in some form that resonates with our
A challenge for Highly Sensitive Souls around career change is
that many of the standard formulas just don’t apply. Finding
a “regular job,” with its accompanying 40+ hour work
weeks, commuting, florescent lights and cubicles, is little inspiration
at best, if not downright disheartening. And “dumb jobs” come
with other dangers like being under-challenging. Neither is a particularly
suitable alternative for a sensitive being.
On the other hand, I have found that “getting out of the
box” and drawing on our creativity and ingenuity to create
new (and often solo) careers is a powerful antidote to these challenges.
Our passions and inclinations naturally draw us towards work that
will support our intrinsic nature – we just have to be ready
and willing to look. Our own inner guidance and wisdom will lead
us to our right livelihood – listening to that voice within
is the key.
**How is your inner voice guiding you to transform your career?**
last TeleGathering was magnificent, as always. Coming together
with such a thoughtful, sensitive group is nourishing beyond belief.
At this last gathering, we focused on the inquiry, “How
has your sensitivity been of powerful service to yourself or others?”
common theme that emerged was our ability to connect deeply with
and support others in times of major transitions. Many of us
spoke about our ability to be fully present with death and the
Others talked about the power of our emotional support and deep
understanding of others. We also celebrated educating others
about sensitivity through our words and thoughtful connections.
all, a beautiful occasion.
Please consider joining us for this free monthly event!
about the last gathering->
addition to reading Jaeger’s new book on sensitivity and
work, I've been continuing to enjoy more “audio learning.” Note
that I’m in the midst of many of these titles – tune
in for more detailed reviews next month on my website. I’m
sure you all are catching on to my tendency to engage multiple
titles simultaneously, and my voracious nature as a reader! Note
also that the links in this section will take you directly to
speaking of Amazon – I recently wrote a “So You’d
Like To” list for their site, called “So
Like To… Learn to Thrive as a Highly Sensitive Soul.” Please
check it out and let me know what you think!
I’m excited to be reading Barrie Jaeger’s
new book, Making
Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person. So much of what
she writes about speaks to my own inklings about career and sensitivity,
our requirement for meaningful heart work and the slippery slope
leading to burnout and frustration. Yet another powerful validation
of my own experience.
I’m finding Karla McLaren’s Energetic
Boundaries: Practical Protection and Renewal Skills for Healers,
and Sensitive People fascinating! On this six CD set she goes
into great detail about how she creates safe space for her empathic
healing work. Lots of very creative and interesting ideas for managing
your energy and personal space. What I’ve heard so far, I
Balance: A Commonsense Guide for Renewing Your Spirit, Sonia
Choquette looks at practical, down-to-earth techniques for
balancing each one of your chakras, or energy centers. This is
a terrific look at self-care from a spiritual and intuitive perspective,
one I am enjoying very much.
reviews of other books on my website->
on my nightstand
web site resources
FEB 19, 10 AM PT
TeleGathering for Highly Sensitive Souls
A free gathering with like-minded souls, every third
Thursday of the month. Sign up to receive access information
and inquiry announcements!
THURS, FEB 19, 26 & MAR
4, 11:30 AM PT
Self Care for Highly Sensitive Souls
Join other sensitive beings as you learn to care
for your body, mind, heart & soul.
. .a terrific investment, and a fast, profound
way to acquire valuable self-care skills to last
a lifetime." - Kara M., Organizational Development
THURS, FEB 26, 10 AM PT
Intro to Career Transformation For Highly Sensitive
Free Introductory TeleMeeting. Next coaching group
starts March 2004.
anyone (especially sensitive souls!) ... exploring
or who simply wants
to open up to the possibilities in the professional
arena of life, I highly recommend this [group]!" – Debbie
W., Coach & Consultant
THURS, MAR 18, 10 AM PT
Next TeleGathering for Highly Sensitive Souls
Calendar of Events
Are You a Highly Sensitive
On the Enneagram
About the Myers-Briggs
Favorite & Useful
Personal Discovery Retreats
Experience this deep look inward within the safe, sacred
space of coaching! Register for this experience during
the month of February and receive a 35%
Register by February 29 for the March coaching group
and receive a 20% discount off the first month's
The Healing Power of Water
healing power of water has been speaking to me lately,
even in my dreams. I find myself craving
and baths even two or three times a day! For a
Californian raised during periods of drought, I get
using so much water. And yet I’m finding
that taking an extra long hot shower is incredibly
and balancing for me, particularly as I continue
to tune into my empathic and intuitive abilities.
the time to visualize clearing away any negative
energy that I might have picked up during the day,
it to wash down the drain.
Balance, Sonia Choquette
recommends an Epsom salt bath with essential oil
of rose to rebalance your
energy, empathy and heart chakra, and to clear out
others’ emotional vibrations. I’ve also
seen two other empaths recommend salt baths, including
Another sweet thought: The
Art of Doing Nothing: Simple Ways to Make Time for
returns us to our “primordial marine self.” To
me this speaks to the idea of reconnecting with my
most fundamental self in a deeply healing way.
So luxuriate in water! Drink it, look at it, listen
to it, bathe in it, or walk near it. Elaine Aron also
recommends all these practices for Sensitive Souls
in The Highly Sensitive Person. I know I mentioned
in my last e-zine that I can find even washing
dishes to be centering and grounding!