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  • 50 Things That Made My Year (2021)
    on January 14, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    1. My husband and I got vaccinated. As an HSP who thinks & then thinks some more, I wrote about the decision-making process in Feeling conflicted about getting the vaccine? Here's How I Decided. 2. The book You are What You Risk was tremendously helpful in helping me decide to get vaccinated. It talked about […]

  • The Secret Benefits of Crying, Grieving, and Falling Apart, According to a Therapist
    on July 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    For sensitive people, feeling grief isn't just healthy, it's a source of vitality, inspiration, and beauty. As a highly sensitive person (HSP), you probably know a lot about crying and grieving. Maybe even about falling apart.  That said, you may have been told many times to pull it together, to […]

  • The Hsk empty Your Bucket Challenge
    on July 1, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Are you ready for the Happy Sensitive Kids Empty your Bucket Challenge? Of course you are! You can jump on it at any time, wherever you are in the world. You can take part as a family, or do the activities individually - or mix and match. What is the Empty your Bucket challenge? In short, it's a list […]

  • A Little Beauty Every Day
    on March 18, 2021 at 1:01 am

    "Filling a space in a beautiful way – that is what art means to me." –Georgia O'Keefe I find myself thinking a lot about this idea of making a little beauty everyday, to which I was introduced by Laurie Anderson via Austin Kleon's brilliant, down-to-earth book on creativity, Keep Going. I wrote […]

  • The HSP World Podcast Ep. 19: HSPs on Dealing with Social Media
    on February 21, 2021 at 3:00 am

      Thomas: This podcast is brought to you by The HSP World Mastery Program—dedicated to inspiring and empowering HSPs. Hi and welcome to The HSP World Podcast. With each episode we invite a guest with the HSP Trait to have a conversation about a burning HSP-related question they have. We're not coaches or […]

  • 9 Ways for Empaths to Deal with Grief, According to a Funeral Director
    on December 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    How do you deal with loss when every emotion hits you extra hard? As a funeral director and licensed mortician, I am surrounded by death. And, for those of us who are empaths and highly sensitive people (HSPs), we tend to feel death in deeper ways than others, even though everyone handles and […]

  • How to Harvest Your Year
    on December 22, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    We have come to the end of this crazy year 2020. At last. It's time to take stock, to gather the harvest of the year. It's time to acknowledge, celebrate, mourn, forgive, release. The hard and awful, the joyful and blessed, the crazy, stressful, beautiful, boring, all of it. In that way, you clean the slate, […]

  • Coping Mechanisms for HSPs/empaths During the Corona Coaster
    on November 12, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    How are you feeling today? Do you feel like you need coping mechanisms for HSP's/Empaths during the Corona Coaster? I currently feel as though I am on the high end of the corona coaster. However, the reality is that my mood energy level, an overall sense of well-being can shift and change on a daily, weekly, and even […]

  • 5 Techniques for Overcoming Anxiety Without Drugs That Really Work (Even for Empaths)
    on September 14, 2020 at 10:34 pm

    Is it possible to overcome anxiety without drugs? Before I go into some techniques that may help, let me ask you: How are you feeling? If you are like others, you may be feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed. If this sounds familiar, I want to discuss how to overcome anxiety without drugs. Are you riding the […]

  • A Poem for Peter: a Lyrical Illustrated Tribute to Ezra Jack Keats and the Making of the First Mainstream Children’s Book Starring a Black Child
    on June 17, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    "Brown-sugar boy in a blanket of white. Bright as the day you came onto the page. From the hand of a man whose life and times, and hardships, and heritage, and heroes, and heart, and soul led him to you." The year was 1962 — the year The Beatles auditioned for the first major record label and were rejected, the […]

  • Self-Care and Soul-Care During Covid-19
    on March 26, 2020 at 1:04 am

    In these extraordinary and challenging times, the arts offer much-needed solace, connection, upliftment and inspiration. Fortunately, many artists and arts organizations are making all sorts of offerings available for free online right now. So, just because you can't go out doesn't mean you cannot stay […]

  • Pam Houston on Writing and Creative Process
    on February 18, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    A couple of weeks ago I went to a talk and reading by much-loved author Pam Houston and then took her writing workshop the next day. I came away inspired, with her latest memoir, Deep Creek, under my arm, and new tools to use and teach, but I was also troubled. Houston is an engaging storyteller, a […]

  • What Happens in an Art Therapy Session?
    on November 24, 2019 at 5:10 am

    It's really hard to describe what happens in an Art Therapy session, because no two sessions are the same. I can't tell you about the really important stuff, the life-changing and moving moments of insight and relationship with your Art Therapist, because that depends entirely on you and her/him, and what you create […]

  • Top 10 Things I Love About Being a Therapist
    on November 10, 2019 at 10:44 am

    This week I've been invited to write a list of Top Ten things I love about being a therapist. (It's part of a therapists' blogging challenge that a colleague has organised). But I've only got a very short time available to write this — so here goes, off the top of my head: 1. I Get to Dive Deep I'm one […]

  • Poetic Symbology of the Heroine’s Journey: Artist Nancy Castille’s Stunning Homage to the Sumerian Proto-Feminist Goddess Inanna
    on July 24, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    5,000-year-old poems celebrating female sexuality and empowerment, reimagined in a new symbolic language at the nexus of beauty, wonder, and wisdom. "We die. That may be the meaning of life," Toni Morrison observed from the Stockholm stage upon becoming the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize. "But we do […]

  • How To Cope With Therapy Breaks
    on November 17, 2018 at 10:40 pm

    Wondering How to Cope With a Therapy Break? In this blog post I'm going to look at some tips and action steps to help you cope with a therapy break. In my previous post (which you can read here) I discussed some aspects of therapy breaks. If you haven't read it yet, I suggest you take a look, because it goes along […]

  • This Is Why I Keep My Friend Circle Small
    on August 4, 2018 at 1:02 am

    My friends are the kind of people who always have my back, support me ... Being a highly sensitive person is a bit of a blessing and a curse, really,

  • Time and Transitions
    on July 31, 2018 at 4:00 am

    We just completed a weekend workshop for parents, teachers, and counselors of highly sensitive children (HSCs) at 1440 Multiversity in Santa Cruz.

  • Introversion, Extroversion and the Highly Sensitive Person
    on April 25, 2018 at 4:15 am

    Guest Blog By: Jacquelyn Strickland, LPC According to the documentary

  • The Power of Inner Silence for HSPs
    on February 7, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Last year I was asked by a Korean publisher to write what I would say if I were giving my ?last lecture.?

  • Some New Research on Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS)
    on November 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Actually, there is so much more research being done, especially in Europe, that I can barely keep up, so I have selected what I believe to be the best.

  • What about a pilgrimage?
    on July 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Summer is vacation time, so whether you can travel this summer or not, let?s talk about real HSP travel. As some of you know, last summer my husband and I embarked on a six-month ?sabbatical,? as he called it. For me it was a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is defined as an ?intentional journey, possibly a long one, to a […]

  • About High Sensitivity, Autism, and Neurodiversity
    on April 26, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Readers, I am writing this to tell you about a new perspective, neurodiversity, as a way to think about both high sensitivity and autism (otherwise quite different). The perspective applies to other brain differences as well, but it is especially appropriate to focus on autism because April is Autism Awareness […]

  • What About Those Movies?
    on February 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Sensitive–The Untold Story While I was away, Diana Harper and those in her network have found valuable ways to bring the film to even more people. You can now rent or buy the film on Amazon in the US, UK, Germany, and Japan.

  • Eight Ways to Take Care of Yourself, Please, While I?m Gone (and Beyond)
    on July 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    For about two years I have been planning a six-month sabbatical beginning this summer, a good space of time completely ?off the grid.? Some serious downtime. I am enjoying excellent health so it has nothing to do with that. It is simply that some shifts in my life and my husband?s have allowed this for the first time. […]