Empath: A person that is extremely sensitive to the emotions and energy of other people, animals and places. They have the ability to physically feel the energy field of others and their surrounding.
I have trained myself to use my hyper-empathy as a tool for understanding the world, patterns of behavior, predicting responses and pre-empting possible outcomes. Being an intuitive empath and being a mystic are two sides of the same coin. I can read a situation as it’s happening, sometimes even before it happens, and use that as a way to relate to others and help them through situations they may not see or comprehend fully as it’s unfolding. I typically have just enough distance from any given scenario to be fully “in it” while maintaining an outside perspective. Typically.
Meditation, yoga, writing, & photography are all such essential parts of dealing with being an empath in different ways:
Meditation allows me to be empty for a while. Clean the slate of my mind.
Yoga allows me to work out the physical kinks that holding all that emotion creates.
Writing allows me to get it out onto paper, rather than holding it all in.
Photography allows me to see the world from new perspectives.
‘Blue Monday’, the most depressing day of the year, hit me just as you’d expect. I stayed in bed until noon, snoozing alarm after alarm. I woke up and wrote for 3 hours in an effort to purge the malaise. I took a hot meditative shower, methodically scrubbing away the despondence. I texted my best friend and told her I needed a human distraction.
On my way to her house, I stopped at one of my favorite spots and took some photos that accurately represented the vibe of Blue Monday. Foggy, blue, damp and dark; but bewitching and mysterious. A reminder that even on the most melancholy day, one can find something enticing.
Upon arriving to her house, I found 2 of our other friends. The three of them formed a loose circle with enough room for me, and all were reading or writing, quietly to themselves. I can’t express how relieved I was to be able to spend some quiet time creating, alone even in the company of those I love.