In a previous blog post on being an empath, I talked about how an empath picks up on the feelings of the people around them. This can become very confusing for the person who is just trying to live their life. For example, one morning while practicing yoga I began to feel anxiety in my chest. I didn’t know what the fear was about until I was journaling about it later. As I was writing, I asked my body if this anxiety was mine? The stress immediately left me. I was able to pinpoint who I was picking up on and recognize that, once again, I was unconsciously tuning into someone else’s feelings and experiencing them as my own.
The interesting thing about this is the person I was picking up on was hundreds of miles away. The closer you are to people in your life the more “connected energetically” an empath is to the people around them. As I said, this can become confusing. It took me many years to remember to ask if what I was feeling was mine. This kind of inquiry has worked every time for me in navigating what is mine and what is other people’s stuff. I have found that if the energy I am feeling is my own, it stays with me when I ask the question, “Is this mine?” If it is NOT my stuff, it leaves immediately.
Della is an intuitive healer and a yoga teacher. You can find out more about her services here.