Sensitive is NOT a bad thing. We feel intensely with all of our senses.
What the heck IS HSP? HSP means highly sensitive person.
About 20% of the world is HSP. We get a pretty bum rap because we are constantly asked “what is wrong with you? Why are you so sensitive? Why do you care so much?”
Here is the reason why:
It’s in our DNA, and we can do something about it by TRULY getting to know ourselves.
If you relate to any of these qualities you may be HSP.
You may dislike loud noises, or sudden noises, bright lights, extremes in temperature, gossip, confrontation, conflict, negotiation, disrespect, negativity, small talk, competition, large crowds, noises like water dripping, revving motorcycle engines, or jackhammers.
You may have a low tolerance for caffeine, alcohol or drugs.
You may be easily overwhelmed.
You also may feel others’ emotions.
You may need a good amount of time on your own.
You also may cringe at being micromanaged or having someone over your shoulder constantly.
Why do we recoil so much at gossip? It’s a waste of time and energy, and does no-one any good.
Here are the VERY positive sides of being HSP:
HSPs are very creative, and enjoy the art.
They have a great ability to work on their own unsupervised and are very conscientious.
Highly Sensitive Persons have great attention to minute detail AND the big picture.
They are fast thinkers, and are able able to analyze and discern a situation very quickly.
HSPs have great focus, intuition, compassion, and are great listeners.
They are self motivated.
HSPs have an affinity for nature and animals.
They can have weird dreams, not bad necessarily, just, well, weird.
Highly Sensitive Persons languish over smells, sights and beautiful sounds like birds, ocean waves, peaceful music, and flowers.
If you are HSP, and even if you aren’t, here are some things you can do to brighten your life:
Take charge of your own happiness.
Avoid people and situations that drain your energy.
Get enough sleep.
Don’t try to fit it.
Look for like-minded people.
Share your feelings and thoughts with those who understand you or want to understand you.
Embrace your feelings.
What Highly Sensitive Persons need to remember:
We can’t please everyone.
It’s ok to say no. No is a complete sentence!
You are not weird, you are sensitive. All 5 (maybe 6) senses are heightened, AND that’s a good thing!
It’s ok to have doubts.
Take care of yourself first, so you can take care of others, too.
Only you can know what you really want and need.
You aren’t broken, you just have your senses on overdrive, and that’s ok.
From one HSP to another - instead of just learning to live with that, learn to BE with that.
Thanks so much for reading!
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KaZ is a self-proclaimed "thought provocateur". SO what does that mean? She has been in many facets of entertainment, plus the co-owner of two restaurants, a fitness center, a television production company and the owner of a cinema. She did a stint in politics, and in veterinary medicine, KaZ has done A LOT of thinking. To utilize all that thinking in a productive way she feels the importance of addressing thinking as a huge asset. Provoking contemplation AND creativity with writing.
In addition to the above, KaZ is an award-winning vocalist, a former dancer, stunt actor, circus artist, & professional water skier. She has also worked as a theater artistic director & writer.
KaZ has been a published writer in magazines & books since the age of 15. She has written plays that have been produced in New York, Florida & New Orleans. She has a featured chapter in the book How To Survive A Move. (Up-to-date she has moved 45 times!) She wrote an article for Organic Wine Journal, and also wrote an article featured at the Ground Zero Memorial.
KaZ co-wrote 2 television informational series & 3 television pilots. One of the pilots, a comedy, she originally wrote as a sit-com, but it was produced as a reality pilot. KaZ has turned it into the hilarious screenplay
“(And ) Then This Happened.” based on life, love, and everything in between in the mid- life years. It’s loosely based on her life and the life of two of her best girlfriends.
KaZ's many high pressure pursuits led her to meditation.
She began studying meditation in 1991. Her initial training focused on Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan and his teachers. Her love of meditation led her to become a certified Master Meditation and Qigong Instructor.
She has taught meditation in-person throughout California, Florida, New York & British Columbia, Canada and online worldwide.
Her signature moving meditation technique includes a unique playing of Tibetan & Crystal Singing Bowls.
Most recently KaZ taught in a juvenile justice facility, and lectured on mental health in juvenile justice for Compassion in Action.
With writing being her first love, look for KaZ's upcoming books:
"Moving Meditation for Mental Health:"
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Plus, a play is in the works based on letters from her two great uncles during the Second World War.