Love Without Outlet: An Empath’s Nightmare….

Hi friends… The new year is marching on and I am still debating what I want to “get into” this year. I have recently revealed that I discovered several months ago that I am an Empath. Empath’s long to be of help or service to others and I am no exception. The fact that I am agoraphobic is a big hindrance in this area. I struggle to find an outlet for all the love and support I want so very much to give to someone, some cause or just the world in general to help make it a better place in which to live. I have basically made peace with the limitations that my challenge with agoraphobia brings, but in this area it is particularly frustrating. One might think that this is a relatively minor problem that “should” have an easy enough solution, but not so, on both counts!
I literally long to be able to find a way to externalize all I feel and have to give, but thus far have been unsuccessful. If I could go out I know I would be volunteering at a nursing home, or helping the homeless (personally), but alas those things are not possible for me. I almost feel as if I am choking. SO much love to give and no place to put it! I have searched online for things to be able to do, but the best I can come up with is donate money or do things like stuffing envelopes….I am not rich nor would I find stuffing envelopes satisfying. I long to do something “hands on,” but cannot find a thing that “fits.”  I feel as if I am on the inside looking out all the time, which of course is true! I am an inside person it seems with a heart and soul that wishes to be actively seen and at work externally!
Being an Empath presents its own set of challenges. It is so important to learn how to take care of yourself and shield yourself from sucking in all the negative energy people, the news etc. bring, but on the other hand it is almost as if you live to help and be out in the front lines. The key is to find balance and learn to block out all that negativity from your  “oh so sensitive” soul and reach out and get involved at the same time! I have not learned how to do that yet.  Hopefully this year will bring me insight into how to accomplish what my heart desires: to make a difference in this world.

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