On a recent trip to South East Asia, I was quite taken by the heartiness of the lotus flower. I wondered how these beautiful pink and white flowers could grow in an environment of muddy waters. I have come to learn that Buddhists see the lotus flower
as a symbol of strength amongst adversity.
Like the lotus flower, HSP’s can find strength within their trait and thrive.
Environments are an important element to consider in therapy. When working with a highly sensitive person environments take on a distinct role in their well being. HSP’s have nervous systems that process stimuli intensely making some environments feel like turbulent “muddy waters”. The effect of certain environments on the temperament trait of high sensitivity is at the core of Dr Elaine Aron’s book: The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You. According to her research, this innate trait is found in approximately 20% of the population. HSP’s are simply more emotionally responsive to both negative and positive environments. Western cultures often perceive sensitivity as a weak trait with less resiliency. Living in a “just do it” world goes against the wiring of a deep processor who is observant before acting. Having a nervous system that can process more stimuli can create an overload or overwhelmed state-of-being, especially living this Age of Information.
Consider your environment.
Know your trait. Accept yourself.
Focus on self-care. Give yourself what you need.
Utilize your capacity for intuition when making decisions.
Embrace your extra awareness, empathy, creativity and spirituality.
Manage this sensitivity and utilize it as a strength.
Yes, certain environments are more challenging for the highly sensitive person. Being acutely aware of their surroundings heightens the senses. Noted as having a sixth sense HSP’s are equipped to respond to subtitles, moods and danger.