Recharging the Empath

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self-careRecharging the Empath

Years ago I read a book titled “Are you Really Too Sensitive” by Marcy Calhoun. That was the beginning of my understanding through someone else’s words, what an empath is, why I felt that way I did, and how to take better care of myself. The dictionary describes empath as “a person with the paranormal ability to apprehend the mental or emotional state of another individual.” I will add “whose world is bombarded with feelings and thoughts, oversaturated with internal and external data, that which then, becomes understatedly overwhelming.” Am I speaking your language?

Having heightened senses and feeling thoughts and emotions around us can be confusing and draining. Empath’s can be viewed and labeled as over sensitive, reactionary, delusional, depressed, neurotic, paranoid, crazy, you get the point – and those labels become part of the arduous demands we face. Bottom line – there is nothing wrong…

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A Trophic Cascade

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Eric Tonningsen's Awakening to Awareness

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” ~ John Muir

Trophic cascades are powerful indirect interactions that can control entire ecosystems. This 270-second video beautifully describes and illuminates the favorable affect of a recent trophic cascade. I’m sharing the video because, in my mind, it parallels our responsibilities and human role in a chain or cycle.

In July I added this post which highlighted how we, individually and collectively, can create ripple effects with our intentional actions. While the above video addresses fascinating wilderness recovery efforts, from a human perspective I was drawn to the aspects of and potential in:

  • giving life to others
  • changing behaviors
  • regenerating significance
  • how, even in small numbers, we can effect change

3113259723_ccaa717ed1_mJust as wolves initiated this trophic cascade, there exist opportunities to teach ourselves about our positive and vital role in human…

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“Other than my voice…”

Nick’s story is an inspiration on so many levels

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

I don’t tend to jump on bandwagons, but this is a bit different. I am posting this for a rather different reason. It is a little longer than usual, but I hope you will bear with me… with us, my son and me.

It isn’t that I don’t own a TV. I just don’t watch it. Can’t, in fact, as it is not connected to anything that gets a signal. I don’t get the newspapers, just keep up with the main news online and I seldom listen to the radio either. So I missed all the initial hype about the ice-bucket challenge and the current interest in ALS (MND as it is known in the UK) that it was raising until an email landed in my inbox.

There was a link to a video and a single line from my son;

“I can REALLY relate to this guy, makes me…

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WALKING ON EMPTY HEADS // September 30th 2013

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Bangkok-based artist Nino Sarabutra filled the floor of Ardel Gallery in Bangkok with 100,000 miniature porcelain skulls and invites visitors to step on them, during her exhibition called “What will you leave behind?”. As her friends, family, and neighbors to helped make the skulls, she asked them to contemplate their life and think about what they would leave behind.

Basing her artwork on the Isan proverb “Death follows your every step. Until waking up in the morning and seeing each other’s face, it is uncertain we are still alive”, the artist wanted to highlight the fact that life is short and needs not be wasted. The purpose of the show is to stimulate people’s thoughts to make them aware that any day could be their last, thus encouraging every one of the visitors to get out there and do something.

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