As humans, we are sensory beings. As highly sensitive people, we have the unique ability to experience sensory information on a very deep level. This natural ability is often the cause of overstimulation and overwhelm. However, this is also a source of tremendous potential bliss. If you get intentional about your sensory experiences, this can be pretty freaking fantastic for you. Why?

Because when we get intentional, we can cultivate the feelings we want to experience on a more regular basis.

Most of the time, we go through life absorbing sensory information that is out of our control: the sounds, smells and sights that surround us as we go to work, buy groceries, etc. Sometimes, even our own home is full of sensory input we can’t control. Personally, my house is filled with two amazing children who love shrieking as they chase each other around the house. I love this so much, but it’s also incredibly draining.

Ask yourself this:

What would happen if you started to incorporate more sensory experiences designed to take advantage of your high sensitivity?

The answer: You would start to feel really, really, really good.

In my work, I talk a lot about feeding your mind, body and soul. But what does that really mean? It means delighting all parts of you. Delighting your body. Delighting your mind. Delighting your soul. Your senses are a direct vehicle to creating positive energy and positive feelings. They are a direct way to feel great, or to get new-agey on you – to vibrate at a higher level. Feeding your senses is a way back to your energy, back to your soul, back to what makes you feel good. When we feel good, we are alive. We radiate. We start to feel more like who we really are.

So let’s start to think about how you can feed yourself using sensory experiences. Let’s break them down by sense, and look at examples about how to feed each sense:

  1. Sight: Walks in nature, visiting a museum, creating mood lighting in your home, decorating your physical environment, wearing beautiful clothing, looking through a photography book, lighting a fire, cooking beautiful food, watching dance performances, adorning your body (painting your nails, wearing jewelry, putting on makeup).
  2. Smell: Lighting incense or a candle, using essential oils, cooking delicious-smelling food, wearing lotion.
  3. Touch: Wrapping yourself in soft and comfortable fabrics (clothes, blankets), tickling your skin, using lotion or oils, taking a warm shower or bath, wearing fuzzy slippers or socks.
  4. Taste: Taking yourself out to a restaurant and eating or drinking delicious and healthy food, slowly, savoring every bite.
  5. Sound: Music that delights you, nature sounds, having a water fountain in your space, a fire crackling in the fireplace, wind chimes.

I’ve started to focus on how I’m feeling as my primary way of determining what I need more of in my day. I make sure that I’m intentionally adding in as many sensory experiences that feed my soul as I can. Music is my primary go-to because it’s got such transformative power for me.

So what are your transformative sensory experiences? What gets you in a great-feeling place? What lights you up? Please share and comment below! I’d love to hear from you!

With so much love,

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Cortney is a transformational coach, writer, speaker, mentor for Highly Sensitive Badasses TM, and founder of the coaching program: The Sensitive Badass Badass Personal Coaching Program and the Sensitive Badass Sisterhood. She is passionate about helping women tap into their unique brilliance through divine self-care so they can live their highest purpose and reach their full potential. She offers private and group transformational and empowerment coaching programs for highly sensitive and empathic women.

Cortney earned a B.A. from Vassar College in Art History and a Masters of Architecture from Catholic University. Following her heart later in life, she became certified as a health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She became a “health architect,” dealing with her own health crisis and struggle to manage anxiety and depression. She is also a proud graduate of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts Mastery program, a NYC institution that teaches women to use the power of pleasure to have their way with the world.

Cortney lives in Baltimore with her 2 kids, her dog and her husband. A passionate traveler, photographer, gardener and foodie, when she isn’t dancing or listening to music (her favorite things!), Cortney is all about engaging all of her senses in service to her inner badass—and awakening the inner badass in every highly sensitive person she encounters!

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  1. A-lay-na December 15, 2016 at 9:59 am Reply

    Hello there!

    I want to thank you for your vlog/blog! As a fellow HSP, you are appreciated for working directly on your passion/calling to help others. I am a new found HSP who has been opened up to a whole new world! You help me to realize that I am indeed not the weirdo” sensitiva” that I thought I was. I’ve always felt different and now I am embracing that very fact. I do believe I am at the place that you were at when you first found out. I am extra hyper sensitive with all sensory things which has made me grumpy/anxious. As an elementary educator, it can be a challenge with students running around everywhere, students walking into school with so much hurt going on in their lives. It definitely can be a draining process!! Balancing my close nit family and career is Zzzzzzz. Continue to spread your love to the world! It definitely needs it! I will continue to follow you on your journey as I continue finding the JOY in the JOurneY. I already follow you on Instagram (@worldclassteacher)

    Thank you, Gracias,

    Xoxo
    Alanna

    • thehighlysensitivebadass December 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm Reply

      Hi Alanna! Thank you so much for writing. I can relate to so much! I will definitely follow you on Instagram. Teaching is definitely a calling as well. I’m sure your students are so lucky to have you!

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