Being highly sensitive is a superpower! The term High Sensitivitywas coined by the psychologist Dr. Elaine Aaron and is generating significant interest, especially now. HSP can be a quality we are born with or one that we develop after a traumatic experience. There is currently no consensus as to how exactly a heightened sensitivity is developed. Sensitivity is characterised as the ability to feel deeply different kinds of energies, paired with a strong tendency to be affected by them, which is often experienced as a release of strong emotions and the sense of being easily imbalanced by stimuli from the outside world. Highly sensitive humans have fewer filters and thus take on an increased amount of information, not only from their environment but also from themselves. As a result, they feel “full” more quickly.
Sadly, (high) – sensitivityis often seen as a weakness. From my own experience, I know how painful it can be to always be called “weak”, a “sensitive flower” etc. and to feel different, not quite right, like an outsider. Even in my adulthood, I had a tendency to perform in a way that matched other people’s ideas or expectations and thereby overstepped my boundaries and ignored my unique needs. The results were burn-out, chronic fatigue, depression, and health problems.
I believe that one reason why I fell in love with Yoga during my very first session was that I had the feeling of being given a safe space where I was allowed simply to be, without an overwhelming amount of outside stimuli infiltrating my awareness. For many years, my mat has been my (sacred) space, a haven where I can dive into the silence, feel, digest, reflect, and integrate, in order to master my daily life from a place of empowerment and alignment. Now, I have truly found my core stability, which allows me to live Yoga from moment to moment without hitting that collapsing point of having overdone it and feeling overwhelmed. And if this does happen again, I have my amazing first-aid kit full of efficient tools that help me to be grounded and aligned again.