Annabelle Breuer-Udo: Founder of Evocative HealthPath LLC Certified Coach (ACC) I Author I Ayurveda I Mindfulness

The Real Truth About Meditation for HSP’s

There are many assumptions out there about mediation. But let me clarify one thing right away: Meditation helps highly sensitive people’s overstimulated brain to calm down! Have you ever tried to meditate? Just yesterday, I had a discussion with an HSP about meditation, and I got this answer “I can’t figure out meditation. No matter how hard I try, my mind’s eye is blind”.

The Key for a good Meditation

Meditation isn’t about trying hard, doing it right or wrong, sitting still in silence all the time, finding your mind’s eye. That’s BS.

There are many varieties of meditation. Meditation has soooo many health benefits on your overall body. Proven benefits! It doesn’t need to be seen only in the context of religion and spirituality, and of course, it can be used as part of your spiritual practice, as well.

Research shows that effective meditation helps to reduce and recover from over-stimulation, strengthens the immune system, and calms your body and mind. And I agree with it from my own experience, HSP colleagues experiences and clients.

What is important to know is that you need to practice it consistently on a daily basis for at least half a year to feel the impact and get results. It won’t work if you only try it one to two or three times and then give it up. Don’t tell yourself it didn’t work out or you aren’t good enough, or you do it wrong. If you don’t want to practice alone, find a accountability partner or a meditation class or group. That might help to stay committed. Also, it’s important that you follow a mediation teacher. He or she learned how to guide you through meditation correctly and knows the different varieties and impacts of meditations! Contact me if you’d need recommendations.

Don’t choose any meditation and any meditation teacher because they aren’t the same, and that might cause you to give up on it too early. I really would love for you to give it a try. I can only urge you if you’re highly sensitive try meditation.

How Meditation can help you as a HSP

More than ten years ago, I started with my yoga and meditation journey. There were times where I meditated on and off. About two years ago, I committed to meditate and practice mindfulness daily. I’ve experienced the challenges and positive impact of meditation literally on my overall body. And I know from my clients who are highly sensitive and practice meditation regularly that it helps them tremendously. Also, my HSP colleagues and HSP experts who practice mediation for themselves, recommend meditation because it is one solid tool that helps to calm the overstimulated brain, fill the positive tank, and drain the emotional sink. Want to learn more about your emotional sink – contact me!

Learning effective meditations is one important key in helping to take more control over your over-active stimuli in your brain and emotional responses.

In an article written by well known HSP research pioneer, Dr. Elain N. Aron, she writes in Psychology Today (November 12, 2019), that she “often suggests meditation to Highly Sensitive People (HSP) to reduce and recover from over-stimulation.”

What it means to be a highly sensitive person

The term high sensitivity (HS) or highly sensitive person (HSP) was characterized in the 1990s by American psychologist and psychotherapist Dr. Elaine N. Aron.

According to her, a pioneer in researching, Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is a unique, innate trait that at least 20 percent of the population had. In the scientific world, it is described as sensory processing sensitivity.

Important: It is NOT a disorder! It’s a personal trait, such as eye color. The sensory processing sensitivity (HSP) trait evolved as a survival strategy of the population. Highly sensitive people’s nervous system is very powerful and differentiative. Still, on the other hand, it is more sensitive to stress and overstimulation.

I hope you took my HSP self-test. What makes HSP’s unique with this trait is that they process things in the brain more thoroughly than others. Therefore they need more downtime to process those things, and meditation is one tool that supports the process. There are many reasons that contribute to you being a highly sensitive person. And one reason is your brain and the way it processes information.

What can I do, if I’m highly sensitive?

The first step you need to take is to educate yourself about the trait and find experts who can help you with understanding the trait better. Get profound and comprehensive information about this trait from trustworthy sources! I’m stressing this because I know from my own journey it took me a while to find really trustworthy experts who are HSP’s and have worked on themselves for many years, studied this trait for years, and worked with many HSP clients. The second step is to re-training your energy systems to better respond to life’s daily challenges and understand your brain and your nervous systems as they control your body’s neurotransmitters.

There’s another article in Psychology Today, which describes the 4 factors in an HSP’s brain that may differ from others’ brains. One factor, in particular, is how an HSP brain “mirrors neurons”… The HSP’s brain has “mirror neuron systems which are more active. In 2014, functional brain imaging research found that HSPs had consistently higher levels of activity in key parts of the brain related to social and emotional processing.”

An HSP brain has a higher level of activity, and you can feel more deeply. It can mean feeling more empathy and feeling more compassion for others. Your brain can allow you to extend your feelings and process the full range of emotions. It can also make you feel overly stimulated, overwhelmed, and all-encompassing. Your more active brain may also have greater perceptual vividness than a non-HSP brain. Such emotionally enhanced vividness can relate to how your brain’s prefrontal cortex processes things deeper.

Take action

I want to go over the science of HSP in order for you to better understand why it’s so important as an HSP to get education, coaching, tools, and support. My intention is to raise your self-awareness and help you to balance your higher levels of activity in your brain and senses and empower you emotionally! Therefore feel encouraged to click on the hyperlinks in this article to read further if you’re interested in more information about the trait.

Call to action: Commit to meditating each morning for one week-even if you only sit 1-2 minutes. Write down how this practice helped you to calm down your overstimulated brain. Write down how it helped you to restore your connection to your true nature, the impact on your choices and feelings about yourself and others.

Have fun with it!

Have a joy-filled day and stay well wherever you’re in the world!


P.S. Know someone else who could benefit from this information? Please share!

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