My highly sensitive community, we need both sanctuary and spirituality in order to live our best lives, especially when the world is in chaos. And…as I try to imagine how long the world has been this way, I have decided I think it has been utter chaos out there for as long as I can remember. 

As April approaches, I have been wondering about our collective spiritual health. This is a period of major religious and cultural holidays celebrated in much of the world (primarily thinking of Easter and Passover), and it is nestled between the pagan holidays of Spring Equinox and Beltane (May Day). Themes of sanctuary and spirituality reverberate through me these days, and I feel myself drawn toward reverence and ritual to soothe my sensitive soul.

Sanctuary is a safe place, both external and internal, where we return time and again with reverence for our spiritual health as HSPs.

Are you finding enough sanctuary in your life? What does it look like? Is it the proverbial shaman’s hut I am always recommending? Or maybe it’s time away and by yourself. Sanctuary can even be found in a hug with a loved one or a furry family member, or perhaps, by retreating deeply into your own inner life.

Spiritual practice is one of the most important keys to designing a life compatible with the brain and nervous system of a highly sensitive person. It can look like anything you can imagine, but it is not optional for thriving as a highly sensitive person. What are your spiritual rituals?

I invite you to join me in an exploration of spiritual practices as we begin April this year. On April 1st, we kick off HSP Spirituality Month at Are You Highly Sensitive. I will share my favorite tools and rituals so that you may borrow them or have inspiration to create your own. If you have a religious practice around a holiday this season, I encourage you to move into that practice. Read more, study with a teacher, ask questions of others and yourself, pray, and sit in reverence, listening, breathing, and meditating.

In preparation for this HSP Spirituality Month, I invite you to take a new meditation class. I recommend using any app or YouTube channel you like to study and practice for 10 minutes or so at least 5 days before the workshop so you can report to us about what worked and didn’t work. Bring us your wins and your challenges so we can find the solutions that do WORK for each of us, each individual HSP. There is not one recipe. It’s about using your deep processing and deep noticing to find, design, and prioritize your spiritual health. (Of course, if you have consistent practice already, please do that and take note of how it is serving you or what you might like to change.)

Bottom Line: Spiritual health is the key to mental health for HSPs.

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