HSP Highlights & Insights – February 2021

Greetings dear HSPs around the world!

I’ve stopped asking “how are you?” and instead try to remember to simply ask:
“Is Everything Okay?”  

Yes, for me, right now, everything is okay.  I’ve used everything in my “HSP Owner’s Manual” and it has still been a challenge to stay emotionally regulated during the last year, and especially during the last few months.   I gratefully received my first Covid vaccine yesterday and am grateful that the Covid numbers here in Northern Colorado are starting to come down and stay down.

HSP Insights

The Wild Edge of Sorrow

And speaking of “Is Everything Okay?”  I’ve been comforted by Francis Weller, Ph.D.’s Five Gates of Grief described in his book, The Wild Edge of Sorrow.  Here is a 15 minute YouTube video with him speaking about grief.  I love the idea of honoring grief:  “The deeper the sorrow, the greater the joy” – which continues to allow for the expression of genuine joy.

2021 Sensitive Evolution Empowerment Series
I was honored to once again be part of Sensitive Evolution’s 2021 Empowerment Series offered by Maria Hill.   You can read all 15 articles in the series  here:

My own article, entitled, “Is Everything Okay?” is here:

HSP Highlights
(in order of dates) 

HSP Free Write Wednesdays:  February 17, 2021
(This event is full.  Sorry, I know some of you will have missed this.
The next one is Wednesday, March 17)

Sweet tranquility:  the quality or state of being tranquil; calm.

That’s the feeling many of us experience when sharing our thoughts, perspectives, feelings during our HSP Free Write Wednesdays, held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  The HSP Freeritwe is  February 17, 2021. 

Celebrating 25 years since the first publication

HSP Learning Circle:  An HSP Community Book Club Discussion including group coaching and mentoring with Jacquelyn Strickland.
March 9, 2021 – August 3, 2021

Space is limited.  Please register NOW.



Elaine Aron at the 2015 premiere of the documentary: Sensitive: The Untold Story

” Psychotherapy with Highly Sensitive Patients:
From Jung to Now “

an affordable learning opportunity with Elaine Aron

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Noon – 3:00 pm (Pacific)
Sponsored by the  San Francisco Jung Institute

3 Possible Continuing Education Credits Approved for MD, PhD, PsyD, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP & RN


Elaine will discuss Jung’s concept of sensitiveness and share the best practices when psychotherapists are seeing HSPs. Although the seminar is for therapists, anyone can attend.
Continuing Education (3 hrs) available for MD, PhD, PsyD, MFT, LCSW, LPCC, LEP & RN.

Register:  https://jungsf.learningexpressce.com/index.cfm?fa=view&eventID=18253

36th HSP Gathering Retreat, Whidbey Island, Washington
Sept 2019

HSP Gathering Retreats

In answer to many inquiries about the HSP Gathering RetreatsSince 2001 —

Yes!  They will continue as soon as we are allowed to gather safely in groups.  The other smaller retreats I hope to offer are the 3rd  Colorado HSP Weekend Retreats and Nature as Teacher & Healing retreats.   Feel free to send an email with the subject line: Retreat and indicate which retreat you may be drawn to.  You will be the first to be notified 🙂

So at home in nature.

The optimistic part of me is envisioning the 37th HSP Gathering Retreat sometime in the Fall in Colorado … and one of the smaller retreats mentioned above, hopefully in Summer….
Again … as soon as we can safely gathering.


On My Book Shelf

The HSP Brain …
Esther Bergsma

The Highly Sensitive Brain:
Why you shouldn’t judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree  ~by Esther Bergsma
(don’t you just love that subtitle?”  


Edited by Bianca Acevedo, Ph.D.

Research edited by Bianca Acevedo, Ph.D.
(don’t let the word ‘treatment’ bother you …. because  Sensory Processing Sensitivity is not a diagnosis 🙂







I love how Elaine classifies the many opportunities to learn all about the trait of high sensitivity.   In her latest newsletter, she writes:

“Some of us are all intellect,
some full of useful tips,
others preaching on behalf of HSPs,
or seeking to improve,
edify, or reassure us.
All good. Very good.”

And then she introduces my friend and colleague, Candy Crawford’s new book, Beautifully Aware: A Year of Sensitive Living:
“ now we have a book about us that
reads like the voice of a poet…”


Finally, my new website is in process…hoping for a Spring birth:

Stay safe and well,
with HSP care,

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4 Responses to HSP Highlights & Insights – February 2021

  1. Natalie Smith says:

    Hi there. I live in Australia so cannot attend the online call for the Psychotherapy with Highly Sensitive Patients:
    From Jung to Now “ is there a possibility that I could pay to watch a recorded version of this please?
    Thanks, Natalie

  2. Patricia says:

    Hi Jacquelyn,
    Thanks so much for highlighting Esther Bergsma’s book in this newsletter. I just finished reading it and was blown away by how well she describes how the HSP mind works. I have posted a review on Amazon in the hopes that others will find their way to the book as well.

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