Engaging in spiritual activities, such as mindfulness, sense-based activities, and creative ritual can help to calm the sensitive nervous system of the Highly Sensitive Person and provide spiritual protection.
Mindfulness is simply taking your mind off of things for awhile. It doesn't have to be complicated. Consider it as just a few minutes out of your day to gain your balance, get fresh perspective, and give yourself a break from any overwhelm you may be experiencing.
Mindfulness is not like praying. When you pray, you ask or thank. In mindfulness you focus and listen. The key in mindfulness is to concentrate on something positive, without being distracted, for a certain length of time. Don't worry if your mind keeps drifting to your shopping list or last night's events. This is normal. It's OK. You don't have to make your mind a blank page.
Go somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed and get into a comfortable position. It's nice to have a spot in your home for just this, a place to be quiet or pray. Close your eyes and regulate your breathing, neither too shallowly or too deeply. As you breathe out, imagine you are expelling all of your tensions and worries. Let negative out. As you breathe in, you are taking in peace and love. Let positive in.
While being mindful you might also focus on what you hear, smell or feel around you. If this doesn't suit you, picture a place in your mind you go or would like to be that is calming. For example, feel the sun on your face, smell flowers, hear the waves roll up on the beach and feel the warm sand between your toes as if it were really happening.
Sensitive people particularly like string instruments (violin, cello, harp, etc.). Listening to this type of music may be more in line with your tastes than chanting or just soft, background noise. If you are at home or have the use of headphones at work, playing soft meditation music in the background can calmly belay the stages of your meditation and act as a reminder to wrap things up.
Being mindful isn't about creating exciting, mental rendezvous. It's about creating a mental oasis of serenity that you can pull into place whenever and wherever you feel stressed.
Start with meditating for just five minutes and gradually build from there.
When you are through with your meditation, sit for a moment or two and reorient yourself to your surroundings, your breathing and your senses. Smile and give yourself a shoulder hug.
Sense-based activities are activities that involve your senses of Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, Touch and Spirit. You are, in so many ways, here on earth to experience your senses, but when you are too busy, stressed out or overwhelmed it can be easy to tend to back away from your senses in order to maintain your energy. You are a part of nature (the wild) and to neglect your senses in this modern world of technology that you live in means to suffer energetically. Depending on the activities you engage in regularly your senses can, either, drain you or revive you.
But, how do you know which type of sense-based activities are appropriate to engage in to bring about better balance in your life? That's easy!
Your aura is made up of about 7 main colors. The colors of the rainbow. Your predominant color reveals your aura color personality based on your brightest and most energetic chakra, which is an energy center in your body. Lesser colors reveal chakras that are in need of energy. This energy can be obtained through specific sense-based activities, which are provided (along with the aura self-test), in The Aura Energy Self-Test & Aura Color Personality Reports for HSPs.
Another way to determine which sense-based activities are right for you is to listen to your intuition. If your intuition has been telling you to improve your diet, write a letter, go to church, go for a walk barefoot in the grass, draw a picture, or call a special friend for a heart-to-heart talk, do so. Your intuition always knows best.
The first thing you may think of when you hear the word 'ritual' is of horror movies where someone, or something, is sacrificed for the greater good of all, whether for good or evil. This is not what is being referring to here, at all. There are many types of rituals.
A wedding ceremony is a ritual. Blowing out birthday candles on a cake is a ritual. Baptism is a ritual. If you give it some thought, you can come up many everyday rituals. Even brushing your teeth and combing your hair in the morning after getting out of bed is a form of ritual. One of the most popular rituals you can perform is the ritual of exercise. Most do not think of exercise as a ritual but it is, and a very powerful one, in that it heals your body, mind and soul all at the same time.
Your thoughts are bits of energy that go out as intentions into the universe. Everything you think, say and do affects yourself and others positively or negatively. Think of ritual as a physical form of thought or prayer. It is something that you can do in the physical and material world that parallels and symbolizes your intentions. Rituals are powerful in their in their own 'rite' because they symbolize your intentions, whatever they may be.
You can practice creative ritual prayer whenever and however you like. However, it’s not just the daily heart-to-heart talks you have with God that are implied here. It is more than that. The words you speak in prayer are formed with letters and sounds. In creative ritual, your prayers become active, rather than just spoken, when you use materials, such as flowers, candles, incense, and stones to for specific purposes, or intentions.
In other words, setting certain herbs, oils, stones, colors, fragrances, salts, incense, or flowers in front of you while you are meditating or praying symbolizes your intentions. You can also set objects around the house for positive energy and spiritual protection.
For example, creative ritual might be used to say a final goodbye to a beloved pet that passed away, to break the ties of a relationship gone bad that you are having a hard time letting go of, to begin seeing yourself in a new light, to attract a new employment position or new love, or to communicate your feelings to a loved one who has crossed over.
The following information can be used to generate ideas for using colors and objects in creative ritual or in placing colors and objects in your environment.
Passion Flower (herb or tea): Overcomes Negative Feelings
Patchouli: Sensuous, Grounding, Stabilizing, Wards off Negativity
Rose: Increases Loving Energy
Sage: Purifies, Drives Out Evil
Sandalwood: Releases Fear
Vanilla: Sensuality and Happiness
Ylang Ylang: Comforts
How to Smudge Away Bad Vibes
Fire burns away impurities, while smoke carries those impurities and bad spirits away from us. When smudging, light the incense, herbs or smudge stick (usually sage). It is often safer to light the herb in a shell or fireproof dish, rather than to hold it. Use a feather, or just your hand, to gently wave the smoke from the dish so that it is pushed into the air about the room as you walk through the house in a space clearing ritual. Cup the smoke and waft it over your face like you would water, keeping your eyes closed if you are sensitive to smoke. Smudge over your eyes to see the truth, your ears to hear the truth, your throat to speak the truth, and your heart so that it is opened.