Are you an empath and don’t even know it?

One recent Sunday afternoon I was sitting in my living room reading a book for my upcoming book discussion group while my husband was in the adjoining dining room working on our taxes. The book I was reading was a rather heavy, non-fiction that was sometimes difficult to comprehend.

In spite of the challenging read, it was certainly nothing to stress over. Yet I was finding myself becoming increasingly frustrated. I didn’t get it. Why was I getting so stressed while just sitting there comfortably reading a book?

Suddenly the answer became clear. My husband got up from the table and started expressing his frustration over one simple but different dividend on an investment that had never shown up before. He didn’t know what to do with it and he couldn’t find an answer.

That was it! I was picking up his stress. Now it all made sense.

I’ve always know I was an empath, but I didn’t think I was that sensitive. If you’re not familiar with what an empath is, it’s someone who takes on other peoples’ feelings, emotions, and even physical symptoms because of their own sensitivity.

Many of you reading this are empaths too, and that’s why you were drawn to this community. However, you may not even realize it.

Here are the top 10 traits of an empath, according to Judith Orloff, MD:

1.   Empaths are sensitive.
2.   Empaths absorb other peoples’ emotions.
3.   Many empaths are introverted.
4.   Empaths are highly intuitive.
5.   Empaths need time alone.
6.   Empaths can be overwhelmed in intimate relations (and I would add, in crowds too).
7.   Empaths are targets for energy vampires.
8.   Empaths become replenished in nature.
9.   Empaths have highly tuned senses.
10. Empaths have huge hearts but sometimes give too much.

There are definitely advantages to being an empath. I have found that it suites me very well for my work as a space clearing practitioner. It helps me to sense energy in my clients’ homes and offices so I can take a more effective approach to clearing the unwanted energy.

The down side is that it’s often difficult to be in a crown when so many people around me may have dense or agitated energy. It can often weigh me down or cause me stress or even physical pain..

The best ways to deal with being an empath are to set boundaries (which can be difficult for sensitive people), practice non-negotiable self care, and love and honor yourself for who you are.

Do you feel that you are an empath? If so, how do you handle it? I would love to hear from you. Please connect with me here or leave a comment below.