Contrary to popular belief, being sensitive is a gift, not a curse. It does not mean you are weak. It does not mean you’re a cry baby, an exaggerator, or a wimp. You have a gift, the gift of connection. It means you are highly aware of both your external and internal surroundings. When someone else smells smoke, you already can see, hear, and feel the fire. This can be upsetting to the one that only smells smoke, because we often assume that if we can’t see it or feel it, it must not exist. This same experience can be scary for the one that senses the fire. It can be crazy making….Does no one else see or feel the way I do? Statements like:
- “Stop exaggerating.”
- “You’re overreacting.”
- “You’re too sensitive.”
- “You’re too much.”
can creep in around these experiences and begin to physically and emotionally take their toll. I often see clients survive by learning to shut down, shut off, hide, disconnect, and to devalue and mistrust their internal cues. While this works in the short term, long term it can create physical pain, and a deep sadness and longing for “something different”. Reconnecting the body and mind through transformative touch and talk is a wonderful way to begin to gently explore coming back to one’s senses.
Finding a way to create clear boundaries to avoid overstimulation of the senses, and learning to trust your instincts again, is an invaluable tool in being able to reap the benefits of a highly sensitive system. Come explore ways you can value the wonders of your gift.
“A session is like settling into your skin after having experienced a lifetime of things getting under your skin.”-Joe Weldon, Co-Founder of The Somatic Therapy Center
Brittiney George, BS, CRS, CST-L3, ICI, CEIM, is a Movement Practitioner offering Somatic Therapy, and gentle, exploratory movement classes at The Resiliency Center. She also co-leads Connection, Expression and Movement (CEM), a monthly workshop series focusing on body-mind integration.