Is being an empath a burden for you? Is being highly sensitive creating a lot of problems in your life? Although most empaths find it difficult to live with an overdose of empathy and want to control their heightened sensitivities, you need to realize your worth as an empath. Your unique traits make you rare and set you apart in this world filled with chaotic, insensitive minds. Once you realize how important you are and start accepting your true nature, you will experience the many benefits of being an empath.
“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate.” – Anthon St. Maarten
Being an empath can be difficult in an uncaring world. But you’re not alone. This is why, it is crucial that instead of fighting your heightened awareness, you accept them as a part of your being. This will enable you to overcome that negative inner voice which falsely makes you believe that there’s something wrong with you. That you are at a disadvantage. When in reality it’s the complete opposite. Although being a highly sensitive individual can be seriously challenging, it is your strongest ability that helps you change people’s lives and the world around you.
What is an empath?
“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” – Daniel H. Pink
Empaths are highly sensitive people who can easily understand the energy and emotions of others. These individuals can deeply feel the emotions of other people and may even absorb their energy, feelings, stress, and pain. People with high levels of empathy are usually very intuitive and are skilled at reading people, circumstances, and situations more than others. As they have a deep insight into the human psyche, empaths are renowned as natural healers.
Most empaths possess the following personality traits:
- High awareness
- High sensitivity
- Feel overwhelmed easily
- Exceptional listener
8 Benefits of being an empath
“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert
Empathy can offer a lot of benefits to an empathic person. When you start shifting your focus from the difficulties of being highly sensitive and invest in your own self-discovery, you will find out all the wonderful gifts you can get by being an empath.
Here are 8 amazing gifts that you receive for being an empath:
1. You’re a human lie detector
You know if someone is lying to you and being dishonest. Being an empath enables you to smell lies from a mile away. Irrespective of whether you know the person or not, an alarm bell starts ringing inside you every time someone lies. You can even understand if someone is lying to manipulate you or simply telling a white lie trying not to hurt others. It’s a great life skill to have at your disposal. Although you don’t necessarily feel a need to confront the liar every time, your intuition helps you to protect yourself from their negative energy.
2. You can feel others’ emotions
It’s fairly easy for you to read others and understand what they are going through in life, psychologically and emotionally. This enables you to connect and relate with them better. Being an emotional individual, you have an innate ability to read subtle emotional cues and feel exactly how another person is feeling. You can understand what inner turmoil this person is experiencing and how it can affect them. This enables you to help others when they need it the most. You are a master at understanding nonverbal communication as well as indicators of emotional and physical needs of others.
3. You’re highly creative
Empaths are naturally creative. Empathy allows you to be unusually creative in life, situations, experiences, possibilities as well as in art. Not only you perceive differently from others, but you also have your own unique vision and ideas which you need to share with the world through your creativity. This is who you are and creativity allows you to express your emotions, thoughts and yourself. Your creativity is a process of expression and self-discovery which also touches and inspires others around you. Moreover, creativity hones your natural essence as an empath and makes you feel happier in life.