Hello all! There don't seem to be any meetups specifically for people like us in the area, so I thought I would look into forming one! Many of us are introverts, and therefore may not be so so keen to attend meetups. (Myself, I'm 51% introvert, Meyers-Briggs wise) Still, I feel that it'd be good for the world for us to gather and foster a safe group of fellow, truly genuine Empaths and Highly Sensitive People, who mostly view their perceptive sensitivities as 'gifts', 'blessings', and/or as a really GOOD part of their being-ness; rather than as 'curses'. (Yes, we all have our challenges, trials, and life-learning experiences- which would be healthy to share with with like-minded & like-hearted people; alongside stories of how we overcame this and/or that obstacle, and are now a better & happier person because of it). There is so much that can be said about what it's like to really be this way- and we can get into more of that as we go along. I strongly feel that for us to take the brave step of meeting up and sharing would be a really good thing for all of us! For the world!
I actually have little idea of what I'm doing here: I don't consider myself a 'leader', and as I continue to spiritually grow and develop, what seems to manifest most is goofy joy!
I am (well, 'was', actually) a co-organizer of a local meditation meetup ('on paper'- I haven't been active with them for quite some time now. No falling-out of any kind happened- just me retreating is all). All I can offer here are my years of helping to keep that group healthy (2007-2018), my fewer years as a self-aware Empath & HSP; and my ability to hold space for fellow highly sensitive people to be themselves freely; without being judged.
That said, I feel that whatever group forms from this should be self-determinant, not have a specific agenda, and above all be safe for all of us. Any ideas? Please share! (Note: I do discriminate against low-empathy people. Especially those who claim to be empathic. Like you, I easily sense them, and have lots of experience in detecting even the subtlest ones, be they conscious of their behavior or not. The 'worst' I'd ever do to them, though, is abandon them ((well, kick them out of this group, at the very least)) ).
I'm SO looking forward to being part of this blossoming! - where it's really okay to be empathic and sensistive, and safely (and confidentially!) talk about it together!