1. Oh my goodness. I have never identified more deeply with another person’s writing. I am nearly speechless. Lightbearer is the most beautiful word and your definition was equally as beautiful. Like you, I have spent the last five years truth telling and learning to see my “weakness” as my greatest strength, but the affirmation contained in this piece is incredible. Tonight as my family watched American Idol, I held my hands over my face as one of their youngest auditoners was rejected. He told his mom, “I messed up,” and started to cry. I could not handle it. It made me so sad. And I am with you on dog commercials or anytime someone spews hate toward others who are different in any way. I chuckled at the “salad in the burger joint”- that is me; and the one who needs to leave parties early; and can only take so much noise from the outside world. I absolutely must have time to process my thoughts and would choose taking a walk by myself than going with anyone else. I would often wonder if something was wrong with me — I am learning there is not, but what you said about discernment was like a lightbulb moment and deep exhale for me. I give so much to my family and my readers. I often feel tapped out. You assured me that it is okay and understandable. Well, apparently I was not speechless … I could go on and on about this beautiful affirmation you wrote. But I will stop here and just say, thank you. You wrote the words of my heart. What a tremendous gift I will carry with me always. I am sure looking forward to your book.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you, sweet Rachel. It makes total sense to me that you, too, are deeply affected by the world. Everything you mentioned, from covering your eyes during a child’s hope-crushing moment of defeat to preferring walks alone, resonates with me. I am learning that the more I come to understand my natural tendencies and honor them, the less tapped out I feel. This requires going against the grain a LOT of the time, though, which makes it all the more valuable to have friends like you with whom to relate and empathize. So much love to you, Rachel. You’re a lightbearer if there ever was one.

  2. Amy Cormode says:

    Beth,

    I am feeling this today, what perfect affirmations to hold in my heart. I am not deficient because I need to go slow, or take what seems to others ridiculous amounts of time to process. I am taking it slow in life, and often feel that I will never be able to do anything besides take care of myself and my family, though I long to do more. I think I am stuck in the part about learning what truly is my responsibility in my closest relationships. I am working on it though, inch by inch, fanning the very real divine flame of love that burns in my center. Thank you thank you for burning brightly. with much love. amy

    • Beth says:

      Thank YOU Amy, for reaching out and affirming ME. I so empathize with need to go it slow, or at least slower than most around me. The question of what we are actually responsible for (vs. what we act like we’re responsible for) is a powerful one, and has been a game changer for me along my parenting journey. Do keep fanning that flame, friend. The brighter the better, for you and for everyone else. <3

  3. Amy Cormode says:

    oh and I truly adore your lists!

  4. Susan M. says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I am 66 and have always been very sensitive. I have worked to support myself since I was a kid. I started taking antidepressants 26 years ago. I now take 3 a day. If I didn’t take the meds, I would sit at home and cry all the time. Even with the meds, I need to decline a lot of invitations. Many people don’t understand that social interactions can be physically painful. Congratulations, Beth, on being able to survive and overcome.

    • Beth says:

      Thank you for sharing that with me, Susan. It’s no small challenge to balance deep emotions with other people’s limited understanding. I give you a ton of credit for the bravery this has required of you for the bulk of your life. Much love your way. <3

  5. Karen says:

    Profound Beth, truly beautiful and poetic! Thank you always….

  6. Beth says:

    Thank you, Karen. You’re very kind. <3

  7. Jenny Chapleau says:

    Reading the comments brings tears to my eyes! The connections and support here are amazing. Beth, there has not been a single thing that you have written that I haven’t been able to completely relate to. Thank you! You have put words and guidance before me in times when it seemed like there was absolutely no one in this world that could even begin to understand. For that there are no words!

  8. Miranda says:

    I know I found your blog long ago for a reason, feels like your journey mirrors mine, you just voice everything I am feeling and experiencing. Thank you so much for baring your soul. People like you help so many of us heal. Thank you, thank you!

  9. Anka says:

    Thank you <3
    thank you for taking the time
    thank you for finding the words
    thank you for sharing your journey
    thank you for helping us heal
    love love love to you! 🙂

  10. Sarah says:

    Thank you for your wonderful words. So glad you are writing here again as I really missed your words. I am a sensitive mother to two very sensitive pre-school girls, I’m talking sensitive skin, sensitive to foods, sensitive to medications, sensitive to change, sensitive to life. After two weeks battling eczema in both kids in our summer sun down here, juggling the food allergies and trying to connect emotionally with my very tired and wired kids I started to wonder why Gaia blessed our family with three such sensitive womenfolk (my poor man!). But your words point to the truth – open hearted children who throw themselves into everything with passion, and whose bodies reflect the truth of our need to think carefully about the way we live, the foods we eat, that our bodies and souls are porous and yes, vulnerable. Instead of resisting this reality I need to embrace the whole of who my children are, not less than fully healthy, just more sensitive than most. Thank you for sharing your wise words.

  11. Donna says:

    Wow. I’ve never read anything that addressed what I have always seen as a weakness in myself. I have felt self-protective, only letting those closest to me into my real self. I’ve never been able to pinpoint why but have always been in admiration of those who could share their deeper selves and vulnerabilities without apology. I love your perspective and the way you’ve turned it into a strength. I’m taking your words to heart and starting the journey today to becoming a more effective lightbearer! Thanks!

  12. Ashley says:

    Thank you for your beautiful words and insight! Thank you for reminding me that my sensitive heart is a beautiful thing and not something to be ashamed of but a wonderful gift from God.

  13. Pamela says:

    Oh yeah, this descibes me too a tee as well. Fortunetly, I have accepted and seen it as an actual strength for awhile, especially when I saw the Brene Brown TED talks.. My brother has told me otherwise.. that I need to “grow a thick skin” etc…I think one day he will see what I was talking about. Thanks for your usual beautiful thoughts.

  14. Doug says:

    What a beautiful piece, there’s so much truth here, So much of what I am only recently learning. Paragraph 8 is brilliant, I felt so much at one with those thoughts.

  15. Sage says:

    I’ve recently been having trouble with numbers 3 and 4. Does anyone have suggestions to not hold on to pain? And to not identify with pain? I’m sure many can relate.

  16. Michelle says:

    What a beautiful, soulful, inspirational post…I am new to your site; I will return again and again. I needed to read these words this morning. Thank you a million times over for sharing with the world.

  17. Shala says:

    I love this and connect with your message. I think people with this trait are very much misunderstood. I actually breathed, fully, after reading it for what feels like the first time in a long time. Namaste.

  18. Jada says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I am 33 and have identified as an empath for close to 5 years now. However I have only shared this with my mother and husband out of fear of the vulnerability it may cause if I share this with others. This article helps curb those fears. I have also never commented on anything on the internet but your words were so moving I had to let you know.
    THANK YOU

  19. Laura says:

    Wow Beth,
    That piece you wrote on sensitive souls- Theo forwarded it to me- helped me and i want to print it and post some of it as reminders to me. Thank you. It was great to meet and connect with you over post dance picnic at warren Wilson- much love,
    Laura Seiler (sitting next to Katrina)

    • Beth says:

      Thank you Laura! I really appreciate you reaching out, and with such kind, affirming words. I enjoyed our time together, too, and would love to see you again sometime soon! I just “friended” you on Facebook. Let me know if there’s a better way to keep in touch. 🙂

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