What is spiritual sensitivity? Many parents may have read about Dabrowski’s “over-excitabilities”: sensual, intellectual, imaginational, psychomotor, and emotional. Spiritual sensitivity includes many aspects of these categories, but I believe it stands on its own as an important sensitivity experienced by many gifted people:
And these sensitivities can lead to loneliness and self-doubt.
According to Judith Blackstone, in her book Belonging Here, spiritual sensitivity may lead to the following challenges:
Nurture the Mind: Meditation; Mindful breathing
Nurture the Heart: Gratitude Journals; Gestures from the Heart tapping; Breathing Love to self and others; EmWave; Raise Your Set Point for Joy
Nurture the Body: QiGong, Yoga, Tai Chi; Massage; 4 Pebble Meditation; Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine
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