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6 Signs That You Are An Empath

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6 Signs That You Are An Empath

 

Chances are, you have heard of being ‘empathetic’ before, or you have shown empathy toward another person’s feelings, situation, etc. But have you ever heard of actually being an empath? More people file themselves under this label than you might realize. An empath is someone who is affected by other people’s energies. This can be anything from another person’s deep desires and wishes, to simple thoughts and moods. It doesn’t happen consciously for the empath, but is more of a constant ‘feeling,’ as though the empath is the magnet, picking up energies and ‘auras’ of everyone around them at any given time. Being an empath isn’t something that can be learned or taught. Simply put, you either are an empath, or you are not. Still, because many people don’t even realize what an empath actually is, there is a chance there are people with this gift who may not even fully recognize it.
Check out these six signs that you are an empath, and see if you fit into any of them! If not you, perhaps you might know someone who frequently experiences some of these ‘symptoms.’ Being an empath can be a lot for a person to carry on their shoulders, so being able to understand it can be important in utilizing the gift of it well.

 

1. You Know Things

This might seem like a broad sign, but there is really no better way to put it. empaths pick up on things far more than common human intuition does. They are also great ‘lie detectors,’ and can readily pick up when someone is not telling the truth. For that reason, empaths try to surround themselves with honest, genuine people as much as possible. Anything untruthful feels wrong, and is hard for the empath to deal with since their emotions are so strong.

 

2. You Take On Others Emotions

This is something that is truly at the very core of empaths. If you feel empathy toward someone, that’s one thing, but actually taking on someone’s emotions as your own is quite another, and empaths do just that. Remember, it is not a ‘skill’ you can turn on and off, so it can be overwhelming at times. empaths can sense emotions of friends, family, and even strangers when they are out and about. For this very reason, many empaths tend to avoid overly-public places like grocery stores, malls, etc., because there can be intense waves of emotion coming from all the different people. An empath who is extremely in tune can also feel physical symptoms or ailments from another person nearby, like body aches, headaches, infections, etc. A point of comparison is ‘sympathy pain,’ but on a completely higher level.

 

3. You Are Creative

Most empaths are extremely imaginative and creative people, and are often involved in the ‘arts’ in someway, from singing and dancing, to writing or drawing. They can use these resources as a creative outlet. empaths also get bored very easily, and having something creative to keep both the mind and hands busy can be beneficial to their own mental health.

 

4. You love to dream, and soak up knowledge

These might seem like two opposite ends of the spectrum, but most empaths cannot get enough of learning. They want to know everything about everything, and can actually feel quite uneasy not knowing the answer to a question, or feeling like there is something they should know, that they simply don’t. Most empaths are also big daydreamers, and they can easily get lost in their own thoughts or with their ‘head in the clouds.’

 

5. You have a sense of adventure and a desire for freedom

Those daydreams often shift over into real life when you are an empath – they love adventure, and to try new things. They are very often described as ‘free spirits,’ and often travel to different locations. empaths also find routine and rules to be extremely stifling, to the point of being debilitating, since they feel as though it is a lack of freedom. These two traits tend to go hand in hand when it comes to an empath’s personality, they have a strong desire to be completely free and unattached, without any rules to really hold them down.

 

6. You sense energy in inanimate objects

Some empaths who are incredibly in tune can actually sense the energy of their food, and most are vegetarians or vegans as a result (ie; they can sense the emotion/energy of the animal that was killed, etc.). Many empaths will also avoid buying used, or antique items, since the energy from one place or one person to another can be too much for them, especially if there is a negative, or sad emotion behind the object itself. An antique object for an empath is almost like opening a personal history book of the individual who had it before.

 

While there are many other symptoms and signs of being an empath , these six characteristics are strong things to consider when it comes to the idea of being an empath. The ability to feel and be affected by other people’s emotions, thoughts, and more can truly change someone’s life, and empaths cannot control when or how this happens to them. It is not an easy task for anyone to take on, but it certainly is a fascinating thing to think about. If you experience some of these signs, know that you are not alone, empaths are far more common than we might think!

6 Signs That You Are An Empath

 

 

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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