Category Archive: heart&brain

Confessions of an HSP: Hermit Mode

How Sudden Ruptures Trigger Extreme Reactions Sometimes life hands us lemons. As an introvert, you may want to make lemonade — but you want to make it alone. And you also don’t feel… Continue reading

Silences.

Family Vacations and The Most Fundamental Need of HSPs    Two months ago, InwardMarvels grew quiet. This was based on a conscious and unannounced decision: I was in my very last few weeks… Continue reading

Why Being Highly Sensitive Is a Gift

This goes out to every HSP who has trouble coming to terms with their sensitivity. Believe it or not, our Sensitive Minds and Bodies are a Gift — even if they provide for… Continue reading

You Don’t Have to Do Anything Today

Perhaps it is a controversial thought. But. I currently find myself at the crossroads of my professional life, and that’s when it occurred to me. From an extremely pragmatic point of view, really,… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: How Long is Now?

Thoughts on Impatience I have quoted it before, and I will quote it again: “One world at a time.” – Henry David Thoreau This is what Thoreau, suffering from tuberculosis and chained to… Continue reading

The Core of All Our Fear

source We are never afraid of what might happen. Rather, we fear not being able to bear what might happen. Or — on the contrary — actually being able to do so after… Continue reading

Transit.

When Time Seems to Stand Still. Sometimes life hovers heavily in limbo. Today’s luminous sunset is imminent, yet the traces of tomorrow are not not yet visible. You are waiting for things; all… Continue reading

Your playing small does not serve the world.

I have never gone the way others in my family have gone. From an early age, I insisted on a different path, and because I was lucky, no one ever objected (not seriously… Continue reading

10 Thoughts to Help You Build a Mindfulness Routine

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. — William Blake After… Continue reading

On Trickery, Meditation, and Cosmic Orgasms

I was shamelessly tricked into my first meditation. Frankly, up to the point when I started attending my MBSR-course (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), I had regarded anything tied to the idea of sitting in… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: The Importance of Knowing Yourself

On Sensitivity, Solitude, and (Self-)Centeredness The first thing you have to know is yourself. A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions like an observer. — Adam… Continue reading

A Life of Enough.

If we indeed choose a life awake, we will embark on a journey not of our own making. It is a journey that may lead us deep into the country of kindness, loss,… Continue reading

On Christmas Haste.

  *Edit: I am excited to announce that a slightly altered version of this post was published on http://www.everyday-mindfulness.org :) December really is the ideal month to observe yourself mindfully when undergoing stress.… Continue reading

A Plea for the Right to Stillness

A place to be quiet, listen, be still, is not merely a solitary refuge from the noisy busyness of the world. It is not simply an absence of intrusion; it is in itself… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: The Moods of Others

A Study of Grumpiness *To my great joy, an altered version of this post was published on http://www.everyday-mindfulness.org. It is the third in a series of HSP Confessions, the first one being “Confessions… Continue reading

Don’t change.

Don’t change. Change is impossible, and even if it were possible, it is undesirable. Stay as you are. Love yourself as you are. And change, if it is at all possible, will take… Continue reading

This World is Always a New World

You cannot step in the same river twice. — Heraclitus of Ephesus I haven’t been inhabiting the virtual realm in a while. Things happened. Life unravelled with remarkable speed and pulled me into… Continue reading

Stop to Continue

This, I find, generally works for any task you are trying to get done. Give it a try tonight after a day’s worth of work :) The best way is always to stop… Continue reading

Fear.

Two quotes complimenting each other. Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right… Continue reading

Your Top Ten Destructive Thought Patterns

Thoughts are so pervasive we sometimes barely know they are there. They are ever powerful, exploding in our heads and, once we decide to follow them, dragging us along on a disorienting, dizzying… Continue reading

Stillness.

Stress: My Out-Of-Body Experience

*Edit: An altered version of this article appeared on Www.Everyday-Mindfulness.Org :) Last Thursday I made a terrible yet, in retrospect, hilarious mistake: I decided it was a smart idea to check my phone… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: Decluttering

Every time I think I have grasped the depth of what it means to be highly sensitive I discover new things about myself that suddenly make sense. Do you know the feeling? Something… Continue reading

The Stress of Mindfulness

The first time I was introduced to the practice of mindfulness was when reading Geneen Roth’s Women, Food and God, in which the first chapter already illustrates that one of the basic premises… Continue reading

An Awakened Life

People often say to me, “I’d love to practice mindfulness, but I’m so busy I can’t seem to find the time.” Most people think of mindfulness as something they must squeeze into an… Continue reading

The Soft Animal of Your Body

We meet in an airy high-ceiling room of a formerly Buddhist school; the building must have been built around 1900 and survived the war. The polish of the chestnut-colored hardwood floors reflects the… Continue reading

Daring Life as a Skinless Chameleon

“OF COURSE she is also one of those HSPs.“ Some time ago, I overheard a conversation in a cafe. From what I could gather, it was two teachers discussing a third person –… Continue reading

On Seeing

As I was taking these photographs on the Oregon Coast, a van pulled up out of nowhere. Out tumbled a mother with her two kids. The woman scurried right up to me and… Continue reading