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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Bright Wolf

How can an empath hold space for another?

Can an empath or highly sensitive person hold space for someone without absorbing negative energy and feeling depleted afterwards?

𝒀𝑬𝑺, 𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆’𝒔 𝒉𝒐𝒘…

🐺 Compassionate listening (listen without trying to fix, have an opinion or rescue)

🐺 Acknowledging how they feel (to them) and how you feel (to yourself)

🐺 Trust their process and have faith in their healing journey

🐺 Stay in your space, grounded and anchored, this helps them and you

🐺 Be with yourself as well as with them in that moment, pendulate between focusing on them and on you.

🐺 Focus on the weight of your body and the rhythm of your breath

🐺 Focus on your sit bones, what you’re sitting on and how it supports you

🐺 Bring in some sage, palo santo or light a candle to shift the energy or move the conversation to outside where the elements can come in and shift it as well


Sensitive people can become scared of negative energy or heavy energy when someone is going through something, they can take a step back or try to block how it is impacting them or making them feel.

This can have a doubly negative effect, because it is stopping two people from feeling their emotions.

If you are sensitive or empathetic, your sensitivity is a gift, as we grow into our gift it can feel like a burden.

It’s here to teach us not to lose ourselves when helping others.

To give ourselves love and compassion like we would another.

And to teach us about compassion in general.

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