Intensity, Sensitivity and Your Own Worst Critic - You

Whew! It has been an eventful month! Since laying down the foundation of my new website and programs, my ultimate goal has been that of building community. In the last month I launched both my first live community event and my Embracing Intensity Podcast

For my live events in the greater Portland area, my goal is to bring together a community of passionate teacher, healers and creatives who want to make a difference in the world but are easily burnt out by the the realities of the "system" from which they are trying to make a difference. Earlier this month I had the lovely Elizabeth Spitzer come talk about how "One Person Can Change The System," and we had an inspiring conversation that left us invigorated and renewed our spirits. 

Next week I will be hosting Shannon Meade, of Supporting Balance, in her talk on "Calling Out Your Inner Critic" where I expect a lively discussion on how our own self-talk impacts how we treat ourselves and others. 

I decided that this topic was so important because gifted, sensitive and creative people are some of the most self-critical people I know. They have so much to offer the world, but are sometimes so accutely aware of their faults that it can get in the way of getting out and contributing their work to the world. 

I found this so true in the women that I interviewed on my podcast

Amy Pearson was so caught up in chasing gold stars and gaining approval from others, that she lost sight of her own self-approval. When she tried to please everyone, she just became invisible to her own tribe. When she finally gave up what other people think, she connected with herself and then in turn connected with her people. 

Wendy Holthaus found herself a square peg in a round peg family and thought there was something wrong with her sensitivity and intense emotions. Escaping the void led to addictons and she was finally able to pull herself out. Finding out she was a Highly Sensitive Person and Highly Excitable helped her to channel her power for good rather than evil.

Mely Brown was burning the candle at both ends. She pushed herself to keep up with her nonsensitive peers and burned herself out in the process. She thought there was something wrong with her until she realized that sensitivity could be both a challenge and a blessing if you learn how to practice effective self-care. 

All of these women pushed themselves to be someone they were not and escaped into their idea of what they should be until they connected with the power of what they really were. 

If you are in the Portland metro area, you should totally come out and join us at the beautiful Quinn Mountain Retreat to talk about Calling Out Your Inner Critic. Wherever you are, you should totally give a listen to my Embracing Intensity Podcast and spread the word about how what you may think of as your greatest excesses or liabilities can, in fact, be your greatest strengths!