Are you constantly struck down with a severe case of the ailment of the week as soon as someone sniffs in your direction?
Of course if someone sneezes and then shakes your hand, or your co-worker coughs over you mid-way through a conversation then you’ve likely caught a cold through the spread of germs. But if you are one of those people who hear about someone with a symptom and without any interaction with them are struck down by the same symptom days or even hours later this post is for you.
I’m not one for sugar coating so I’ll just blurt it out. Just like some breakups, it’s not always them, it might be you.
Now don’t come at me with pitchforks saying that your *insert symptom here* IS NOT YOUR FAULT and is due to germs, followed by a very long and detailed explanation how. Hear me out. Do we have a deal? Okay here I go…
An interesting thing I’ve been reading up on lately is the world of and traits of an empath. I’d heard the term said in passing many times before when chatting with my other conscious thinking friends and never thought much of it. But an experience with a particular energy sucking acquaintance has brought the term front and centre in my life.
There are various levels like anything, but it basically means you are sensitive. Sensitive to lots of things. It might be food, it might be noise, it might be chemicals in food, and you are almost definitely sensitive to the moods of those around you.
Are you one to walk into a room and know if there’s just been an argument among your friends even if they are laughing now? Do you walk away from certain friends totally drained while others leave you energised? Can you just tell someone isn’t trustworthy or you shouldn’t go ahead with a particular business deal? Well you my friend might be to some degree an empath.
‘But what does this have to do with my getting sick all the time?’
Well hold on, I was getting there. An empath, or a sensitive person, is someone who is hyper sensitive to the feelings of those around them and for some people even the larger stuff that is going on in the world.
An empath’s body act like a metal detector but for emotions and energies, picking up what they feel around us and showing us. Our bodies don’t have screens unfortunately, they just have themselves so the only way they can communicate with us what they sense is to mirror it.
Do you see where I’m going with this?
Because this is not something commonly understood, spoken about or even heard of by most, many sensitive people go through life knowing that certain things affect them but never understand how, why, or how to overcome…master if you will, this personality trait.
This is a meaty one so read more about mastering empathy in part 2.