Leaders creating “islands of sanity”

When I think about highly sensitive women and body-centered practitioners, this is the kind of leadership I see living in us…

“It is possible, as leaders of organizations, communities, and families, to discover deep and abiding satisfaction in our work if we choose not to flee or withdraw from reality. It is possible to find a path of contribution and meaning if we turn our attention away from issues beyond our control and focus on the people around us who are yearning for good leadership and engage them in work that is within reach. It is possible to use our influence and power to create islands of sanity in the midst of a raging destructive sea.” Margaret J. Wheatley, from her book “Who Do We Choose To Be?”

HSP’s cannot help facing the reality of the world because we feel the world so intensely and our empathy responds to that tidal wave of sensory input. Our perceptivity and deep processing mean we can see beyond now into the very real potential for social collapse.

Body-centered practitioners — massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga teachers and therapists, somatic therapists, etc… — can literally feel and see the collapsing world’s impact in the bodies of their clients and themselves. They’re also very likely to be highly sensitive people.

We cannot change the way the world is, but by opening to the world as it is we may discover that gentleness, decency and bravery are available, not only to us, but to all human beings.
Chogyam Trungpa, Buddhist teacher (found in Margaret J. Wheatley’s book “Who Do We Choose To Be?”

Because of who we are and what we perceive, HSP’s and body-centered practitioners are uniquely positioned to compassionately lead locally with clear-eyed resolve. To create the “islands of sanity” Wheatley calls for, focusing on what can be changed.

We love, we empathize, we feel what’s happening to our communities in our marrow. AND…we have the capacities to midwife small, local changes that will make a difference. Let’s begin using them now.



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