As I play on the shores of social media, having a grand old time, I forget to watch my footing.
I’ll be breezing along, posting updates and sharing photos, when suddenly, I feel horrible. I will have spent too much time in this world of celebrations, complaints, cravings, and shout-outs. There’s a weird sense of lostness.
I’m drowning in the lives of others.
At first, I was embarrassed to acknowledge this problem. Social media mavens and writers I knew didn’t seem to struggle. I did a lot of pondering and exploring. This led to a magical realization:
I’m an empath.
I have to be careful how I engage with the world. I must protect my communications, because I absorb the feelings and needs of others.
It might be weird, but it’s pretty special, too. It means I can find another’s heartbeat in an instant; listening is in my blood. I love hearing the ways that my work has brought healing and inspiration to others.
Many of my clients are empaths, too, exploring their intuitive gifts on the page.
Writing Prompts for Empaths is a simple free worksheet you can visit with your journal if you’d like to explore your own sensitivities.
I’d love to hear any thoughts that emerge for you.
And I look forward to being in touch . . . that is, if I’m not taking a social media time out!
- You can read more about highly sensitive, creative people and empaths here: