What does an empath look like you ask? You, me, your mother, your Sister….. (this photo is me, AnnaMariah and my gold Shield is in my bra just in case you’re wondering why you don’t see me wearing it.)
You might be surprised at the answers to the question above. I’m writing this post and thinking about mothers in particular since Mother’s Day is almost here, but everything in here can apply equally to you at any time of year, whether you are a woman or a man. ( More women tend to be HSP/Empaths so I’m using she here just for brevity)
We all know that woman who just seems to feel every emotion around her; cries whenever someone else does even in a commercial; and who seems to know what everyone around her thinks, feels or needs. Chances are this woman is a Highly Sensitive Person or an Empath.
By BerlinDruck (BerlinDruck GmbH + Co KG) [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)], via Wikimedia Commons
Mother’s Day is almost here. Normally I write a post suggesting that you buy a gift for your mother, wife, sister, daughter, and other women in your life, but this year I want to change this a bit. Buy a Shield for yourself first.
The Ties that Bind
Janice Masters posted an article “Women’s People-Pleasing and the Ties That Bind” “Is it possible that you’re allowing the expectations of others to determine whether or not you move forward toward your dreams? Sometimes people that we love have ongoing expectations, or even demands of us that kind of hold us hostage…because we allow them to. Continue reading
You’ll notice I didn’t say Your mother, but all those who mother.
I was reminded last week by a customer who gently pointed out that for many, the bonds with our family of choice can be even stronger than those to our biological mothers/sisters/families.
Many women are nurturing to others to whom they did not give birth; acting as mothers; aunts, sisters, advisers, neighbors, friends – loving, nurturing, giving wise council, laughing with us, sobbing with us, or letting us cry on their shoulders. Take this time to celebrate and thank those women in your life…and if it just happens to be your mother, then many would count you as one of the lucky ones.
Oh My, I’ve done it again!
It seems that I am constantly putting my foot in my mouth.
I was thinking of my mother who passed away in 2001 and how much I knew a Shield would have helped her when I wrote this subject line for our last email. “Your mom called, she gave us her wish list. Can you guess what’s on it?”
I was unprepared for the outpouring of anger and outrage from women whose mothers have crossed over, some more than twenty years ago. Some were startled, dismayed or sad. One wrote that it sent her right over the edge and she unsubscribed from the newsletter after sending us several angry emails. It certainly wasn’t my intent to upset or make light of your loss, in fact that was the last thing on my mind.
As I prepared to write about Mother’s Day, I found that I wanted to know more about how it came about. We’ve been researching various holidays lately and have been fascinated by the obscure, ridiculous, and sometimes comical days that have made it to the level of “national days of”. I found a long article speaking of the history throughout the ages and finally culminating in what we now celebrate as Mother’s Day. I hope you’ll find this interesting as well.
The practice of honoring Motherhood is rooted in antiquity and the rites often had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones, which celebration of goddesses and motherly symbols rather than actual mothers. The personal, human touch, to Mother’s Day is a relatively new celebration.
Did you know there’s a National Baby’s Day?? I didn’t either until I started looking at a calendar that lists a National day of ??? for every day of the year. Some of them are pretty crazy and obviously started so someone could do a sale. Example, National Lumpy Rug Day. Yep, seriously, the point is to get you to throw out all your crappy rugs and go buy new ones.
I wonder if we can start a “National Protect Your Friends With a Shield Day”. Oh, probably not, and shouldn’t that be every day?
Back to National Baby’s Day – It’s May 2nd, and that same day is also Brothers and Sisters Day. I love that both of these are shortly before Mother’s Day. After all, we wouldn’t have any baby’s or brothers and sisters without mothers.