Your sensitivity is a gift! Here’s how you can be sensitive and joyful at the same time.
There’s no way around it: if you watch the news or hear people talk about it, you’re going to be subjected to harshness and negativity.
Considering the grief, anxiety, discord, and general unease floating around in the collective psyche, sensitive people can find it challenging to be joyful.
But joyful sensitive people are precious! When we anchor ourselves in love, we become anchors of love for the world. Here’s how you can be sensitive and joyful at the same time.
1. Remember Joyful Doesn’t Equal Happy
We can be joyful all the time, while we can only be happy some of the time. Joyful means being awake to the deep beauty and mystery of All That Is. When our hearts are open, we are joyful. The challenge comes when we close our hearts to pain, as this also disconnects us from love. Sometimes, being joyful means crying from the depths of our soul. This actually purifies our hearts and helps transmute the pain of the world into beauty. Have you ever noticed that after a good cry, your laugh deepens, your body softens, and your eyes shine more brightly?
It helps to stop resisting pain and instead let it open you up, even if it hurts.
2. Remember the News Isn’t an Accurate Picture of Reality
What we see on the news is usually a single perspective or slant on something that’s happening. But lots of other things are happening too. For example, butterflies are flying, wind is blowing through trees, muffins are baking, children are laughing, and people are hugging each other. You’re also breathing! You’re breathing in (notice) and you’re breathing out (notice again). Wherever you are is usually not where the news on your television or computer is taking place.
So remember to be where you are.
3. Remember to Be a Broadcaster, Not Just a Receiver
We sensitive people tend to think of ourselves as radios, open to any and all frequencies that happen to come our way. But we need not be passive receivers of energy: we are also gifted at being broadcasters of energy. In other words, you can proactively define the vibration of your world rather than letting the vibration of your world define you. When you open your heart, feel your feelings, and bravely shine love out into the world, you help turn the tide. Something as simple as a smile or a compliment can set in motion an endless chain of positivity. And just sitting in your house, emanating joy, brings waves of grace and healing in to the world.
Never underestimate your power to be a catalyst of love.
4. Remember: Now is the Only Time
Sometimes we can buy into the story that things are so bad, there’s no point in trying anymore. But that’s just a story. There isn’t any other time than now, and in this moment – now – beauty surrounds you and love is your true identity. This means you have incredible power to affect positive change in your own life and in the world.
The stories you tell yourself on an everyday basis have great power, so always choose stories that feel empowering and true.
You can be a joyful sensitive person! And when you are, the whole world benefits.
You may also like this Shielding and Boundary Setting Meditation for Empaths.
Did this post inspire you? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
“Joyful Doesn’t Equal Happy” this line is everything to me! Thank you so much for sharing such a profound and gentle grasp on the current environment. It is so lovely to feel understood and to see the path I am on.
Tess Whitehurst says
Kerry, so glad the post was helpful. Thank you for helping inspire it. 🙂
How beautiful! Your wisdom and words speak to our hearts. You are such a treasure to all of us Tess!
Tess Whitehurst says
Bethany, thank you! 🙂
Thank you so much for this gentle post Tess. I’ve been carrying around a sense of heaviness in my chest this afternoon despite having spent a lovely morning doing things that delight me ( and staying away from the current news !) I love that you remind us that, even sitting in our homes, we can bring waves of grace and healing. The world is a beautiful place with magical beings like you who so generously share such wise words. 😉
Tess Whitehurst says
Very glad this resonated. Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment.
Tess, this is a lovely post. When we got married we had “Be Joyful Always” inscribed in our wedding rings with the understanding that joy encompasses all facets of emotions, both negative and positive.
Thank you for this reminder!