Life circumstances can be challenging for anyone, but maybe especially for those of us who are unusually intense, sensitive, or gifted.
Many multitalented people feel inspired and energized to pursue multiple creative projects – often at the same time – but one potential downside is physical and emotional burnout.
Therapist Sharon Barnes works with creative, sensitive, intense, intelligent people, and offers helpful perspectives and suggestions in her article “Life’s A Bicycle…” Here is an excerpt:
How to Balance Your Creative, Sensitive or Gifted Life
How’s your ride through life been lately? Smooth? Bumpy? Got a flat? Has the path disappeared?
There was a time several years ago when my path disappeared. During that difficult time, I learned that you can balance your life just like you can balance a bike.
And so can you. Even if you’re a CASIGY – a Creative, Acutely Aware, Super-Sensitive Intense, and/or Gifted You!
Sounds too simple─ balance your life just like you balance a bike─ doesn’t it?
Let’s take a closer look. How old were you when you learned to ride a bike? 3, 4 or 5? 6 or 8 years old? Ten or Twelve years old? Even older?
Any age can be good to learn to ride a bike. Any age can be tough to learn to ride a bike.
Girls and boys all over the world learn how to ride bikes.
Remember the frustration, the bumps and bruises, and finally the sense of victory and freedom when you finally mastered keeping your balance while moving that two wheeled contraption through space and time- with your own energy?
What was it that eventually enabled you to stay upright while you pedaled up and down the hills and around the corners in your neighborhood?
It’s that same illusive ‘something’ that you likely still have in your cellular memory which can now help you get and keep your life in balance.
Think about it. Riding a bike is a mind-body skill that requires dynamic, not static balance.
Moving through life is a mind- body skill that requires dynamic, not static balance. Dynamic balance enables you to
- stay balanced even though the road or path varies
- respond to changes in weather and traffic
- accommodate shifts in body, mind and emotions
- adjust to continual movement
- GET and STAY balanced
What I have found was that I can reach back to my childhood, and bring those mind-body bike riding skills I learned so long ago right into the present. I can use them to help me balance my life, just like I can balance a bike. And so can you. …
Read more and learn about her articles and programs:
Life’s A Bicycle – How to Balance Your Life Like You Balance a Bike.