Another snippet from a facebook discussion, this time initiated by one lamenting his situation of being not just an empath, but also gay. Knowing all this and more, I had to add my two cents, which I'm recycling here for the sake of preserving this personal document for posterity and those who can relate, or … Continue reading The queer empath and multiple outsiderhood
A while ago, I forced myself to participate in facebook discussions for a number of dubious reasons. One was on boundaries and how empaths and empathic people don't like to "put up walls" around themselves. Since there seems to be a lot of confusion around the topic, and I'm only coming to terms with it … Continue reading What boundaries mean for empaths and why they aren’t evil.
I live in your house now that you have died. We used to meet and part every summer, for 22 or 23 years. When I was a child, sometimes, after a year, I would barely recognise you on the level of emotions. After driving all night and crossing now mythic borders, I would receive a … Continue reading Letter to the other side. (Real life poetry.)
I'm a physical (and emotional) empath, or as I recently learned – someone with mirror-touch synaesthesia. Meaning that I feel other people's sensations in my own body when I focus on a person, or on more sensitive days, when I just see the person (that includes random strangers in the street); and sometimes (apparently) when … Continue reading Mirror touch synaesthesia and feeling others’ pain
She certainly wasn't the woman of my dreams. But she knew very well how to wield an axe. And she made me paint. * * * Driven largely by yet another romantic disappointment, I set out to visit a stranger in one of the wilder regions of south-eastern Poland last November. I just wanted to … Continue reading The artist’s way: love stories in eastern Poland
Camus says, "In the midst of winter, I finally found there was within me an invincible summer." However, Wu-men says: "Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life." Sasha, … Continue reading Seasons of the psyche
The second spring storm just passed my window. Today is the day that most buds on the trees finally decided to open, and for the first time this year, there is a mist of green in the wood. A visitor is arriving later this evening on the train. This person has – compared to my … Continue reading Renewal
The photo is from my latest walk in the woods. For other articles on entanglement and identity (loss), see these: Are you an empath (or) do you have any of these issues? (basic intro if you are not sure what's meant by empath ... a shorter visual summary is here) How to distinguish your own feelings from … Continue reading Being an empath is like being water?
For an in-depth discussions of some of this, check out ... Who are highly sensitive people, emotionally intense people, empaths, clairsentients, intuitives and psychics? Are you an empath – or any of these? Specifically explaining the difference between the emotional/psychological and psychic sense of empath: Being an empath is not the same as being empathic, … Continue reading Ways to be an empath: psychological and psychic