Hurricane Patricia wreaks havoc on empaths…

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Windy days bring lots of garbage onto my front lawn; both physical and emotional garbage. After the storm I am left picking up and sorting what belongs to me and what doesn’t; both physical and emotional.

You wouldn’t think wind could bring so much emotional garbage into your life – did you? But if your a sensitive person – an empath – then you’re most like nodding your head in agreement with me right now.

Being an empath can be sort of cool – in a parlour trick kind of way – but at the end of the day it can also be very taxing in an exhausting kind of way.

For non-empaths, imagine for a moment that thoughts are energy, much like the device you’re reading this blog post on is energy. The device – be it a tablet, phone or computer – is vibrating at such a slow speed or frequency that you can actually touch it; whereas Angels, for instance, are energy vibrating at extremely fast or high frequency that we can’t see or feel them. Thoughts vibrate at a frequency somewhere in between but at the higher end of the frequency scale. Most ordinary folks don’t notice them but highly sensitive people – empaths – can.

Did you know the average person has about 40 some thoughts a minute. A minute! Now multiply that by the amount of people living in your house, on your street, in your neighbourhood, your town, city, province, country and so on. I bet that only 10 % of those thoughts are happy ones. That leaves a lot of fear-based thoughts floating around your home, town, city, province…

An empath can walk into a grocery store feeling great then walk down an aisle and suddenly feel overwhelmed with feelings of fear, then down another aisle and feel joy, then down another aisle and be overthrown by depression, all because she is walking through people’s thoughts.

What does all this have to do with Hurricane Patricia?

Have you ever had your neighbours’ stuff accumulate on your lawn after a wind storm? A garbage bin from a block or two away, a BBQ from across the street or patio chairs and cushions? The wind also blows energy your way too, energy from all across the streets, towns, cities, provinces that it has visited. Empaths feel the energy, feel the thoughts, 40 thoughts per person per minute times hundreds of thousands of people or more. That’s a lot of energy blowing your way, kind of like turning on a radio and tuning into a country station for a second, then changing to a top 40 station for a second, then changing to easy listening, back to country, to jazz, to  talk radio, to sports, to country and back again for the length of the wind storm. Dizzying, electrifying, mind blowing, out of this world insanity.

What can you, as an empath, do to protect yourself during windy days?

Know yourself! If you know yourself, know your feelings and emotions, then you can easily discern what’s yours and what’s not. If it’s not yours, then walk away from it and don’t give it another thought.

Grounding. Grounding exercises are essential for empaths. The best way to start your day is with a grounding meditation exercise.

Nature. Spend as much time as you can in nature, walking in a forest, sitting by water, leaning against a tree.

Sacred Geometry and Crystal grids.

Sea-Salt baths. Ideally a dip in the ocean but if you don ‘t have an ocean close by a sea-salt bath is a great alternative.

My favourite Canadian beach - Martinique - can be found on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. ©Wanda Quinn 2010
My favourite Canadian beach – Martinique – can be found on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. ©Wanda Quinn 2010

Sage/Smudge. Cleanse yourself and your home regularly.

Rose Quartz mirror technique. I use this whenever I venture into town. Visualize rose quartz mirrors surrounding your body with the mirror facing outwards (i.e. away from you and towards others.) As thoughts come towards you, they hit the mirror and are transmuted into pure unconditional love and reflected back to the owner.

Empaths pick up all sorts of garbage so remember to know what’s yours and leave the rest behind and self-care is the best kind of care!



Full moon and sensitive people – a strange combination…


It may sound strange or way out there but moon phases can affect your mood. Just ask emergency room nurses or anyone who serves the public. They will confirm a rise in strange behaviour during a full moon (including a few days preceding and following).

We’ve all heard of that one person who, a local legend perhaps, goes slightly batty during a full moon. Not everyone reacts on that scale but there is a change in your body and if you pay close attention you will notice the differences. If you’re a highly sensitive person such as an empath then the changes may be more dramatic and can be debilitating.

So what can you do to get through a full moon?

  • The first step is knowing the phases of the moon and how you react physically, mentally and emotionally. Get yourself a calendar – preferably one that shows the moon phases – and hang it somewhere where you can clearly see it. Every day record how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being normal and 10 being completely strange and out of whack. Adding comments can be helpful when you’re reviewing the calendar at a later date and help you remember why you rated it the way you did. Also add the moon phase if they’re not already there.
  • For example: Full moon physical:10 (migraine and body aches); mental: 10 (on over drive today); emotional: 10 (moody, crying)
  • Waxing Gibbous: p: 8 (body aches); m: 8 e: 7
  • 1st Quarter: p:1 m: 1 e:1
  • Waxing Cresc: p:1 m:3 e:3 seeking quiet and alone time, quiet and reflective
  • New moon: p:5 (tired) m:3 e:5 (don’t want to be around people)

Once you know how your body responds to the moon and it’s phases it will be easier for you to understand and accept the natural rhythms of nature and allow yourself to withdraw from social activities, to rest, or to get out and kick up your heels. The important thing to note is to LISTEN to your body and do what FEELS right and natural for YOU – and not feel guilty for taking care of yourself.

Check back tomorrow to learn how Halloween can affect highly sensitive people.


Are you a highly sensitive person and feeling out of sorts this week? This may be why.

Three things are happening in our Universe this week that may play havoc with highly sensitive people:

Full moon, Halloween, and Patricia.


I noticed I was feeling strange this week, like there was something on the peripheral bothering me but I didn’t know what. I also noticed I was reaching for comfort food, stuffing myself with chips, cakes, chocolate trying to appease or comfort whatever it was. After days of binge eating, lack of sleep and feeling very disconnected I realized I needed to get control and figure out what the heck was going on. I sat with paper and pen and began journaling, asking the question: What’s going on? Two things came to me right away:

Full moon and Halloween.

This morning a third reason came to me: Patricia.

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