SENSITIVITY is a quality that many people prefer to hide, wanting to appear strong, indifferent and independent. However, it is precisely when we reveal our SENSITIVITY that the other person’s tender feelings are aroused. When we reveal our sensitivity, other people tend to feel empowered and important. Then they are more likely to want to reach out to nurture, and soothe, and please us.
You may now have INCENTIVE, INTENTION, PRESENT MOMENT awareness, DRIVE, inner ARCHITECT, PATIENCE, ability to SURRENDER, COMMITMENT, TRUST, DISCERNMENT, PASSION, DESIRE, CREATIVITY, SENSUALITY, full SEXUAL EXPRESSION, COMPASSION, good COMMUNICATION, PRACTICE building relationships skills, a healthy balance between TOGETHERNESS and AUTONOMY. However, if your SENSITIVITY is suppressed, hidden, denied or lacking due to too much self interest, all the other qualities will soon have less significance.
Today’s question is: Do you consistently express your SENSITIVITY when your business associates, friends, family or loved ones express their needs, desires or intentions – and – those are different from your own expectations and needs?
- Are you able to disagree or even feel emotionally wounded and at the same time empathize with the emotions of another?
- How often are you thoughtful about what another person may want, need or intend even when that person has difficulty expressing it or asking for it?
- Do you show sympathy, compassion, kindliness and warmth toward those you say you care about?
Ask yourself NOW: How consistently and openly do I express my SENSITIVITY so that other people around me feel emotionally safe, acknowledged, understood and appreciated?
SENSITIVITY is often viewed as insecurity, weakness and emotional instability. When I was young, on several occasions when I would rightfully express my concern about someone else’s hurtful words or actions, they would respond by telling me “You’re too sensitive.” Has anyone ever told YOU that you are too sensitive? What they really mean is that you are sensitive and they don’t want to be bothered with attempting to understand your feelings and make changes in their own behaviors.
SENSITIVITY for the plight and struggles of others is important. But even more essential is to develop SENSITIVITY to your own emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual needs and longings.
Relationships are built upon the complexity and interactions among all the different possible qualities, both positive and negative, that we can bring. Every quality is important, to some degree. It is really the balance among all the different possibilities that can lead to joy and happiness or sadness and emotional devastation.
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