I've taken "days off" from some of my daily routine activities in the name of attempting to do an intelligent emotional aikido move that I'd call "diving under the wave". Some sensation of lowness, slowness and heaviness hit me like a massive wave hits a beach, resulting in some disintegration as well, and I decided … Continue reading Burnout and diving under the wave.
That's the title of a (Polish) jazz record my guitar teacher made. (In 2014, the time when I was seeking self, meaning and homeland in dusty & martyrological Warsaw and on the side benefitted from spending the British pounds I'd shnorred from the last PhD scholarship on professional guitar lessons with an actual jazz musician … Continue reading Doctor of philosophy
I've been planning to write a post about solitude, loneliness and isolation for a while. Is solitude good or bad? Everyone thinks it's bad. And I'm crazy I got myself into it. Then why the heck did I get myself into it? Is hiding yourself away in the country for months without having a face-to-face … Continue reading How to walk the tightrope between social burnout and agonising isolation?
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
First off, being an empath doesn't have to mean you are overloaded. You may, instead, be deeply in tune with and nourishingly connected to nature and the people around you, full of gentleness yet vitality, creative and spiritually fulfilled (one option). However, many empaths find out they are empaths only after going through a crisis … Continue reading 7 signs of empath overload and how they compare to issues that can look similar
Below are concise reviews of techniques I've tried myself. I'm giving a source for each so you can find more information, but also because ... my academic conscience won't let me cite others without giving credit. Shielding Source: it's all over the web How it works: The idea is visualising some kind of bubble, elastic … Continue reading A review of empath quick-fixes
Here are some ways in which feeling others' emotions (as an empath) may differ from feeling your own: . 1. They are out of context. Usually when feeling your own sadness, you know what you are sad about, or can get to the Heart of Darkness (Conrad reference) on a reasonably short path of honest … Continue reading 6 signs that you are (literally) feeling others’ feelings
I've fed on and digested a wide range of advice for overwhelmed empaths from the web, courses and books. Testing, adapting and discarding, over time I've pieced together a strategy that's worked for me — moved me from having to avoid public transport or even lively streets towards enjoying travel, sometimes even relishing the bustle. … Continue reading The alternative, long-term empath survival kit