Who You Are
a Sensitive Soul, you have a lot to offer the world. Sensitivity
is one of your gifts – a precious part
of who you are. I’m here to remind you that you’re
a special soul, with beautiful wisdom to share.
If you start to lose touch with this, these metaphorical models
of sensitivity might help you recall your wisdom.
know the story of the Princess and the Pea. She’s
the Sensitive Soul that can’t sleep because a tiny pea wedged
underneath a stack of the softest mattresses keeps her tossing
and turning all night. She tries not to complain. But she’s
eventually unable to keep up pretense and admits that her sleep
was disturbed. Her trust in herself couldn’t be restrained – it
was celebrated! It’s excellent model of authentic sensitivity.
used to bring canaries with them into the mines because the bird
was sensitive to the buildup of carbon dioxide. It served
as their warning signal to evacuate the mine. I often thought of
myself as the canary in the coal mine at my former job. I was highly
aware of the dysfunctions of my work environment and culture – others
seemed to blindly go along. I was sorry to see my boss lose talented
employees – including myself, eventually – because
he refused to recognize what he was creating. Psychologist Elaine
Aron, in “The Highly Sensitive Person,” urges employers
to listen to the concerns of sensitives in the workplace to avoid
problems later on.
We have an
important role to play in accessing and speaking the truth, even
if it’s only to ourselves. We’re able to
tune in to what’s really going on and what’s unhealthy,
though others around us may not, cannot, or will not see it. The
important lesson: ALWAYS pay attention to our inner knowing. This
requires a lot of self-respect and self-trust. But by so doing,
we create more of the same.