Highly sensitive people (HSPs) and empaths are often referred to as canaries in a coal mine. Of course those who bestow this title upon us know the value of such a thing. They are often practitioners of holistic medicine or other well-informed HSPs.
We are the ones who experience things that others don’t. When we listen to it, our sensitivity guides us to make better, healthier decisions. Things that are not good for us tend to not be good for the population at large, hence the canary analogy.
Wouldn’t it be great if people honored and respected HSPs in this way? I can envision a world that utilizes our sensitivity to assist others who have trouble getting in touch with themselves. Pair an HSP with a non-sensitive and let the HSP lead the way.
This is not to say that everyone reacts the same to everything. Not at all. But, in many circumstances, I can see this idea being helpful. So many people are bothered by things they aren’t even aware of, only to receive news at some point that those seemingly innocuous things were really hurting them after all. An empath or HSP can guide those folks away from harm. But before even going off into that fantasy, do you the HSP even trust your own sensitivity?
Being the proverbial canary can be troublesome until one learns to appreciate the gifts it brings. When we let the sensitivity lead the way, we can avoid all kinds of pitfalls—wrong foods, negative places or people, inclement weather, dangerous situations, lies and deception, and so on.
Learning to trust your sensitivity can be difficult, especially if you’ve taken the heat for it previously in your life. Even so, there is no time like the present to buy back your power. You didn’t come to this planet as an empath or HSP for no reason. You brought this gift with you to use it, so no matter where you are on your journey in this lifetime, make a practice of validating and honoring this gift. Open your mind to the feelings that are present within and listen to them. Begin by telling yourself that you appreciate who you are; that you love yourself; and that, even if you don’t know how to use it yet, this gift is a welcome and integral part of you.
It can be difficult being the “different” one or the “sensitive” one. These feelings can be isolating and even depressing. Please know that you are not alone. It may take some time, but the only person you really need on your side is you. Once you begin the process of self-acceptance—gift included—supportive people will show up in your life.
Canaries are beautiful and, although they don’t belong in coal mines, they show all of us that danger lies ahead. You, too, are beautiful and although I wish you abundant peace and great health, we live in a world analogous to a coal mine. We HSPs can utilize our gifts to help ourselves avoid trouble and maybe help others avoid pitfalls along their paths, as well.
No matter what, be the person you came here to be. Whether or not you realize it, the world needs you.