There have been quite a few events in the world making major headlines as of late. Unfortunately, most of them are heart wrenching. I’ve experienced quite a few encounters with people who are feeling deeply hopeless about the state of the world. They are feeling surrounded by violence, swallowed by negativity and intensely sad or hopeless about the state of the world. I can so relate. For most of my life, I felt like we were going to hell in a hand basket and I didn’t know how to live in such a world. However, we don’t need to feel hopeless. There is massive reason for hope! If you stick with me and keep reading, I’ll tell you why.

We are all exposed to massive, global negativity brought to us through many different channels. While I don’t believe all media is bad, much of it is creating and perpetuating a fear-based culture. Many media outlets are more than happy to fill us in about the tragedy and suffering of humans all over the planet, and on the flip-side, even happier to tell us about the evil and cruel acts of some humans.

While all healthy people are affected by human suffering, highly sensitive people are even more easily overwhelmed by suffering because of our empathic nature. It can feel unbearable. For most of teens and into my late 20’s, I held a deep sadness that I couldn’t explain. One therapist asked me about it, and I simply said, “It’s like I can feel the sadness of everyone in the world.”

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When I had my son, my hopelessness exploded. I felt crippled by the grief, suffering and negativity I saw around me and I felt guilty that I had brought him into the world. I wanted a beautiful life for him, but all I saw was hopelessness. I was lost in grief and depression.

I want to highlight what I just wrote in the last paragraph:

“All I saw was….” 

This is the key. Your perception of the world will determine how you feel on a regular basis. If the only things in your line of sight are negative, that is the predominant feeling you will experience.

How we feel about our life is determined by the following:

  1. What you see around you
  2. What you focus on
  3. What the majority of your thoughts are
  4. The connection to your positive sense of self and what you are putting out into the world

The good news is that you can change your focus at any time. It’s your choice. This does not mean that you become callous, indifferent or turn your back on the events happening around you. It’s a practice to allow more joy, love and positivity to enter your experience of life so you are filling yourself up with beauty, good, love and light. When you tip the balance, allowing more positivity than negativity to enter, you create more of what you desire and you lift yourself up to happier heights. It’s about displacement. You will start to see the world as a beautiful place, with beautiful people. You’ll start to see it as a place of possibility, where wonderful things can happen.

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. Pingback: Series: How to Shift Feeling Overwhelmed By The Suffering In The World: Part 2 | the highly sensitive badass

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  3. Kathy July 19, 2016 at 9:52 am Reply

    My whole life I was the happiest person I. The world and only wa Ted to see others as happy. I always found good in everything and put the fun into even the worst chores. After lossing my daughter, parents, I law and 10 other close people in two years I became very much the doom and gloom girl. I fell on this page by accident (if there are accidents). I feel a bit of hope and look forward to reading all your works of art. Thank you for atleast the hope and I will keep you posted of my progress in coming out of doom and gloom and my arrival back into life is good.

    • thehighlysensitivebadass July 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply

      Kathy, wow, that is a lot to go through! My heart goes out to you. Please keep me posted. Sending you tons of love! xoxo

    • thehighlysensitivebadass July 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm Reply

      Hi Kathy! I already responded to you, but I just finished a book I wanted to share with you. It’s called: The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. I hope it gives you hope and solace. xo

  4. Kathy July 19, 2016 at 9:52 am Reply

    My whole life I was the happiest person I. The world and only wa Ted to see others as happy. I always found good in everything and put the fun into even the worst chores. After lossing my daughter, parents, I law and 10 other close people in two years I became very much the doom and gloom girl. I fell on this page by accident (if there are accidents). I feel a bit of hope and look forward to reading all your works of art. Thank you for atleast the hope and I will keep you posted of my progress in coming out of doom and gloom and my arrival back into life is good.

    • thehighlysensitivebadass July 20, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply

      Kathy, wow, that is a lot to go through! My heart goes out to you. Please keep me posted. Sending you tons of love! xoxo

    • thehighlysensitivebadass July 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm Reply

      Hi Kathy! I already responded to you, but I just finished a book I wanted to share with you. It’s called: The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. I hope it gives you hope and solace. xo

  5. Highly Sensitive Dude July 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm Reply

    I’ll be sure to check these videos out 🙂

  6. Highly Sensitive Dude July 20, 2016 at 7:33 pm Reply

    I’ll be sure to check these videos out 🙂

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