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This profound trait led me to my paradise — the highly sensitive Big Island of Hawaii. I still have trying moments. However, the majority of time I enjoy the deepest contentment, joy and mental/physical/spiritual health I could have ever imagined.
I had never felt at home anywhere. My only true refuge was to take one-week vacations to Hawaii every 4 or 5 months. I could not get enough. Now, at 57, I live in Hawaii. Paradise, yes…but what a journey to get here!
As my highly sensitive mother would say to me “you’re a deep thinker and you walk to your own drummer.” That is a perfect description of HSPs and also why I want to help other HSPs pursue their goals and dreams.
While all my peers cried their eyes out because graduation meant leaving all their friends, I cried just as hard except for a different reason — RELIEF! I am only now beginning to recognize and reconcile the scars and wounds from those trying years.
HSPs are easily over-stimulated and acutely aware of every feeling in a harsh world of non-sensitive people. However, we have phenomenal inner strength — Do not think for a minute that we are not tough.
HSPs make up 15-20% of the population. We are highly perceptive, great listeners, highly compassionate, highly empathic, and make wonderful friends, therapists and mothers. However, there are pros and cons to being Highly Sensitive.
At times during my Highly Sensitive Recovery I couldn’t live without my anti-inflammatory meds, became dependent on sleep aids, muscle relaxants for the high-pain nights, antidepressants for depression and anxiety, over-used food and alcohol for comfort, and so it went.
My health was seriously suffering. All because I insisted I could keep up with others in the world. What was I thinking as a highly sensitive person?
This is the story of my Highly Sensitive Recovery. If you’re looking for a fellow Highly Sensitive Person who has been in the sensitive trenches, limped through the HSP landmines, crawled through the muck of living amongst a slew of uncompromising non-sensitive people, here I am!
I’ve suffered from chronic lower back pain for 40 years. I’d never experienced enduring relief until I read Dr. Sarno’s book, “Healing Back Pain.”