I’ve found one of the most nurturing things I can do for my HSP self-care is to spend time with other highly sensitive people. See “The Importance of Having An HSP Dyad Partner. http://www.lifeworkshelp.com/HSP-Newsletter/top-ten-reasons-to-have-a-hsp-dyad-partnership/
Now, more than ever, it seems important for we HSPs to make our voices heard, to speak our truth, identify any unaddressed grief or loss issues, share our hopes, dreams, and visions of the future not only for ourselves but for our circles of influence, and the world at large.
This is why I am offering HSP Free Write Wednesdays — where we will gather for a special time of sharing, learning, and growing through discussion and free writing. We will use a variety of writing prompts to spur our inquiries. I have personally found this writing practice to be helpful to elicit thoughts, feelings, needs, or perspectives that are often hidden away in our unconscious minds. The best part is no experience necessary, and there is no ‘right’ way to do this.
I am honored to offer you this opportunity to learn and practice Free Writing with other highly sensitive people on the 3rd Wednesdays of the month from Noon – 1:30 pm (Mountain time.)
Check your time zone here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
Note: Denver, Colorado is Mountain time.
November 18, 2020 – Finding Equanimity during Troubled Times
December 16, 2020 – What it means to me … to be an HSP
January 20, 2021 – Be, Do, Have: Challenging cultural expectations
How we’ll spend our time together
during HSP Free Write Wednesdays:
We will take time to greet and connect with each other in small breakout rooms. Back in our large group, we will briefly discuss the theme of our Free Write, sharing poems, quotes, or other inspirational messages.
We will then have about 5-6 minutes for our individual free write and then connect, again in our breakout rooms, with one or two other people to either share our writing or simply listen and respond with care to the person who is choosing to be vulnerable with their innermost thoughts. The only feedback allowed will be: “can you tell me more,” or “I love it when you said…”
We will close back in the large group, sharing any new insights, or inspirations.
Cost: Only $10 !! You are welcome to join for one or all of the free writes. Please make payment here: www.lifeworkshelp.com/pay.htm
After payment is received you will be sent the link to register for the Zoom call. Deadline to make payment and register on the Zoom link is the Monday before each Wednesday free write.
If you have not used the Zoom platform before, I think you’re going to really like it. You will need to download a free Zoom account before our first online meeting. You can do that here: https://www.zoom.us/ or if you are in Europe you can go here: https://zoomeurope.zoom.us
Here are a few past free writes, shared anonymously, you might enjoy and the writing prompt associated with it
“What’s working best for me is:
To honor what I’ve gone through and am still going through. Listen. Feel. Hurt. Heal. It was hell, looking back. It was unfair. It was years of unraveling in the moment. So sad to finally learn and understand the why it never worked but then that validated why I felt like I did. Disconnected. Dismissed. Invalidated. So lonely in a marriage. Validated why it wasn’t working and why it wouldn’t work or resolve or heal. A NARCISSIST. Wow. To come to know and understand what that means, meant and how it still affects me. The undoing of his narcissistic behavior, attitude, poison. Yes, poison to me an HSP. When all that I am is empathy and seeks beauty and creativity and LOVE. Nothing reciprocated. Didn’t have the tools. Threatened by my personal growth and understanding of being an HSP. How sad. It hurts my heart to know my kids have been imprinted not only by him, but by the dynamics of what was an unhealthy, toxic marriage even though it looks fine on the outside. My heart breaks for them that they may repeat the unhealthy behaviors because that’s what they learned. I can only hope through my healing, growth, patterning and parenting from now on, that I can undo the unhealthy and help create healthy patterns and paths for them to walk in their future
What it means to me ..to be an HSP ..
I feel free to sit/stand outside the crowd and observe from a distance – without feeling abnormal!
I feel free to actually take as long as I want to answer an otherwise – to me – thought provoking question.
I feel free to sit on the seashore for hours on end contemplating the waves as they roll ashore. Or, to sit in the observation car on the California Zephyr watching the snow covered summits of the Sierra – then the Rockies – roll by outside.
I feel free to let the tears flow when I hear particular pieces of music.
I feel the pull of needing to help those I see as in need – family, friends and strangers; even those on the street in need of clothing, meals, shelter and warmth.
I feel the abhorrence of violence of any kind directed towards any being!
I feel an aversion to sports that require violence of any kind.
Once I inadvertently discovered that I have this Sensory Processing Sensitivity I’ve found myself in a state of great peace. All or almost all of the adaptive behaviours I’ve developed “growing up” seem to have enabled me to adapt and survive what life’s thrown at me.
As Popeye would say: “I am what I am