Grey is actually one of my favorite colors. It is a mixture of black and white. Purple is also another favorite color; a mix of red and blue. Teal, a third color love that you will see all over Kin Chi Yoga, is green and blue combined.
What do all of these have in common (aside from these being some of the colors in my wardrobe)?
Each is a balance between two things. They come from “the in-between.”
What is the “in-between”?
Where is the balance?
Why have we lost our way?
How can we find our path?
When will we find it?
Through my practice of yoga, reiki, marriage, motherhood, and LIFE, I have learned I am an Empath.
“Empaths are highly sensitive individuals, who have a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling. Psychologists may use the term empath to describe a person that experiences a great deal of empathy, often to the point of taking on the pain of others at their own expense.” – Lena Firestone
I have learned to seek the balance in things. Notice I didn’t say that I “always find” the balance. I fall out of it, literally and figuratively, on a very regular basis. It is not secret I am a clumsy yogini; I laugh at myself regularly. Luckily laughter is good medicine for the soul, which I highly recommend to every student at Kin Chi Yoga.
I have learned to embrace my intuition. It helps me feel for when I am off kilter, look for the balance of the in-between, and from there, right my path.
Sounds easy? Sometimes it is. Sometimes it is frustrating as hell.
Empaths can see the in-between.
We are very in-tune with our feelings and have a high emotional IQ. I was never taught that empathy was a gift, nor was I given the tools to nurture it. Instead, I learned to ignore my emotional wisdom. I thought I had to be “tougher” and “have a thicker skin.”
Heaven forbid you care too much, or be “over sensitive” in a black and white world.
But why must the world be so black and white when there is clearly a nice shade of grey? What is so wrong in being kind, caring and compassionate to others?
It does not make me a stupid.
It does not make me weak.
It does not mean I lack respect for myself.
No. It is the opposite.
Empaths are strong, smart, and capable of great things. We have boundaries, self-respect, and more importantly, self-love. Compassion isn’t an affliction – it’s an opportunity to infuse connection, growth, creativity, creation, kindness, and caring into the world.
In the practice of yoga and reiki, we encounter all different souls. Each is on their own unique journey and, somewhere along the way, we’ve all encountered trauma. my work has taught me to honor where I am in the present moment, mindfully hold space for anyone who crosses my path, and offer empathy when called. I never judge how it’s received or place certain expectations on the energy – that’s not my job.
My gift is the giving.
To my fellow Empaths, keep shining like the bright light you are. This world could use a whole lot more sparkle and shine to blur it’s harsh lines.
And if you want to talk more, come see me at Kin Chi Yoga in Hazlet, NJ. I also highly recommend reading “The Empath’s Survival Guide” by Judith Orloff, MD. But once you figure out the surviving, promise me you’ll THRIVE!
Shellini “Shelli” Spencer (E-RYT 200, 500, YACEP, CPR / First Aid)
She has a deep passion for Restorative, Yin Yoga, Hatha, Family Yoga, SUP Yoga, Barre Fusion, Meditation and is a Reiki Master Teacher. She loves to offer family yoga classes as a homeschooler. It promotes holistic health, wellness and family bonding to the local community and supports a local charity. Shelli is grateful to have learned from some of the most amazing diverse teachers, while having the utmost support and enthusiasm from her family and friends. Shelli firmly believes it’s ok to laugh and have fun while practicing Yoga. She believes in the healing abilities Yoga and Reiki has to offer the body, mind and soul. She wishes to pass along that sense of serenity to her students when they leave her class, so they may take that feeling with them for the rest of the day and into their lives. Her nourishing and soothing style of teaching comes from the heart and a place of happiness, love and deep relaxation. Karuna Hum. <3
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