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I’ve been plowing along for years, not knowing why I was overwhelmed all the time; why I seemed to be soooo much more “sensitive” than everyone else; why I can’t watch the news without sobbing; why I can’t eat meat, wear fur, or use cosmetics that have been tested on animals.

I’m an empath. Once I named it, I had a nitch where I could put myself and I didn’t feel so out of place, so “different.” It’s like the empath on one of the original Star Trek episodes, but unlike her, I’m not super “developed,” and I don’t know if I heal anyone. Like her, though, I do know that I take on other people’s and animals’ feelings and emotions.  

Until I labeled myself an “empath,” I just thought of myself as fragile. Now I feel empowered. Now that I have a label, if you will, I know what to Google to find out more, what books to read to learn more, and what sites to visit to be with other empaths.

I’m also learning how to protect myself from negative energy that floats around the planet. I’ve found that paying attention to my thoughts and feelings helps, because then I know if what I’m feeling belongs to me - or to my neighbor!  

I’ve also found that the good old stand-by, “an attitude of gratitude,” helps protect me from negative energy. When I am filled with love (even if it’s for my cat, for heavensakes) and gratitude (even if it’s just for a beautiful blue sky), there negativity in the world can’t get to me as much.

Do you think you might be an empath? I think there are more empathic women than “normal” cultural thinking would allow. We‘re told we‘re “too sensitive,” or some other downer, but maybe ... what if ... hey! Perhaps you‘re not too sensitive at all - perhaps you‘re an empath, too.  

I just started a blog on the subject because I’m discovering this path as I go along, day by day. I’d love to know what your experiences are with being bombarded by others’ feelings and emotions.

Namaste,
Suzann
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