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Dr. Judith Orloff offers 365 days of self-care meditations, reflections, and journaling suggestions as daily inoculations against stress and overwhelm
Empaths have so much to offer as healers, creatives, friends, lovers, and innovators at work. Yet highly sensitive and empathic people often give too much at the expense of their own well-being—and end up absorbing the stress of others. “To stay healthy and happy,” writes Judith Orloff, MD, “you must be ready with daily self-care practices that work.” With Thriving as an Empath, Dr. Orloff provides an invaluable resource to help you protect yourself from the stresses of an overwhelming world and embrace the “gift of being different."
If you want daily tools to put into action, this book is for you. Building on the principles Dr. Orloff introduced in The Empath's Survival Guide, this book brings you daily self-care practices and support for becoming a compassionate, empowered empath, including:
• Setting strong boundaries
• Protecting your energy
• Inoculating yourself against stress and overwhelm
• Self-soothing techniques
• Knowing that it is not your job to take on the world’s stress
• Breaking the momentum of sensory overload
• Tapping the vitality of all four seasons and the elements
• Deepening your connection with the cycles of nature
• Moving out of clock-based time into “sacred time”
Thriving as an Empath was created to help you grow and flourish without internalizing the emotions and pain of others. “These self-care techniques have been life-saving for me and my patients,” writes Dr. Orloff. “I feel so strongly about regular self-care because I want you to enjoy the extraordinary gifts of sensitivity—including an open heart, intuition, and an intimate connection with the natural world.”
Orloff (The Empath's Survival Guide), a psychiatrist on the UCLA Psychiatric Clinical Faculty who specializes in treating highly sensitive people, provides a practical guide of daily prompts and intentions for each day of the year. Combining "self-care practices, perspectives, and meditations" from ancient traditions with the science of modern psychology, Orloff guides readers in becoming "a compassionate, empowered empath." An empath herself (one with paranormal abilities to sense emotion), Orloff structures one-page meditations to capture the changing emotions of the seasons: "Going Inward, Sensing Truth" for winter, "Growth and Rejuvenation" for spring, "Passion, Play, and Abundance" for summer, and "Harvest, Change, and Letting Go" for autumn. Therapeutic topics include "Opinions Are the Lowest Form of Knowledge" ("empaths tend to take others' judgments too seriously") and "I Am Not My Mother" ("empathic children instinctively want to help their mothers and may inadvertently absorb their anxieties"). She also includes passages about the East Asian bodhisattva Quan Yin, the Hawaiian Ho'oponopono Prayer, and Shakti, the force of Hinduism. While bringing so many sources into a daily meditation book creates a compelling overview, short sections dedicated to lesser-known traditions risk oversimplification, like Native American animal medicine in "The Jaguar Meditation." However, this will be an effective practical tool for sensitive people looking for daily meditations.