The year 2020 is proving to be a little, well, challenging! And this is especially true for the empaths among us.

If you’re not familiar with the term, empaths are individuals who have a more profound sensitivity to the vibrations of the universe. They sense the energies that are lurking just below the surface of things, so they are most vulnerable to the challenges the year 2020 has brought on to the world.

Right now, empaths will be feeling their pain, fielding the effects of subconscious traumas and navigating challenges recent events have brought up for them, but they’ll also be feeling the pain of the rest of humankind.

We don’t have to tell you about the multitude of events that have turned the world on its head; they have affected every single person on the planet in some way or other. But an empath’s fine-tuned radar absorbs these upheavals continuously. Thus, 2020 is the year where an empath’s potential for survival and transcendence will be most challenged.

So, empaths, we’ve got just the thing you need to not only survive, but thrive through these times…

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Protect These 3 Chakras

solar plexus: RECLAIM YOUR POWER

A weak solar plexus makes you vulnerable to many negative energies.

Unfortunately, many empaths tend to have weak solar plexus. It is essential to build up this part of the chakra. The solar plexus is vital in realizing your desires and projections into the world. It is the seat of your personal power. The solar plexus helps you reach your goals by defining your direction in life.

When the solar plexus is balanced, you will find that living in harmony with others is easy. If it is unbalanced, you may absorb the emotions of others and nurture feelings of low-self-esteem. An empath is a natural caregiver of others, but you must remember that you must also protect yourself.

Chakra cleansing is vital to protect your power. To cleanse the solar plexus chakra, you will need to undergo a routine of breathing exercises, meditation, and crystal healing.

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The Root chakra: survival issues

The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the foundation of life.

Feelings of safety and exploration take place in this area. Safety in all aspects, whether it be with the physical body or the material world such as finances and housing, all take place in this chakra. The root chakra is all about survival. It dictates the feeling of safety in this world and how we ground ourselves with earthly matters. Fear pervades people with the unbalanced root chakra. Everything is seen as a potential risk. There will be an overwhelming concern for the job situation, physical safety, shelter, and health.

Crystal healing can be applied to the root chakra along with meditation and deep breathing. The vibrations of crystals such as hematite, red garnet, red jasper, smoky quartz, or black onyx are especially beneficial.

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the Sacral Chakra: mood and emotions

The sacral chakra rules emotions, passions, feelings, and sensuality.

This chakra is crucial for feelings of letting go and transformations. Empaths should guard not to have an imbalance in the sacral chakra. When the second chakra is unbalanced, there is an extreme feeling of isolation and disconnection from loved ones and the people around them. If the chakra is repressed, this results in an adverse reaction whereby a person may be prone to become abusive and controlling. If the person has an overactive sacral chakra, this can result in mood swings of high and low emotions, which may even lead to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Although a person with this chakra imbalance may be functioning normally, they will have a constant need for reassurance. They may suffer from low self-esteem and be sensitive to criticism.

To heal this chakra mediation and deep breathing is often needed. You may need some time off to be in your sacred space and dedicate some time to getting your energies realigned. Visualize the physical radius around the navel. Crystals such as carnelian, orange calcite, sunstone, or tiger’s eye are hugely beneficial.

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5 Spiritual, Psychological and Physical Survival Tips

1. Be aware of your own body

The soul is manifested in the body, and it is vital to be sensitive to the physical sphere. Empaths may find themselves so attuned to everything that is going around them that they forget their own self. You have to focus on yourself to be protected from negative energies.

Actions are essential in mindfulness exercises. The body and the mind are connected and influence each other. Try to be aware of the responses of your body and its position. If you are slouching or sitting in an awkward position, it will send a message to the mind that you are depressed. Low energy will result, and negative feelings will arise. Be aware of your body at all times, especially when you are interacting with others. Visualize your hands and feet as well as the rising and falling of your chest. Doing this will keep you from getting too emotional, especially around people who are feeling unbalanced.

Physical symptoms are a manifestation of emotion and states of mind. Being mindful of your body also tells you where disease and negative energies are manifesting in your life. If you feel pain in your chest you may be feeling some deep-seated anger. Sensitivity in the stomach area are an indicator of anxiety and worry.

One mindfulness exercise is to relax with your feet shoulder-width apart. This posture imitates the shape of a mountain. Keep your arms relaxed and loose at your side. Lift your head and neck upwards. Stretch the spine and feel each vertebra elongate as you stretch it upward. Breathe to your abdomen. Feel your breath contract to the walls of your spine.

2. Take a break from the busy world

Empaths often get drained by the demands of the modern world. The energies you encounter in your job, and social life may become too hectic for you to handle. Exposure to other people’s feelings and emotions may mean that you may unthinkably absorb them as an empath. Empaths need to check that their feelings are truly their own; thus, they need to distance themselves from others to protect their own thoughts and emotions.

The stay at home orders during the quarantine have been favorable for many empaths because they gave them a much-needed break from absorbing busy energies. Empaths should use this time to devote to self-care and stay healthy. 2020 is proving to be a year of vital changes. There is a growing need to be attuned to the energies of the universe. Empaths can use their time out to emerge stronger and be a vital participant of this cosmic revolution.

3. Deep breathing

Deep breathing is an essential spiritual practice. Breathing relaxes the mind and body and helps a person be more receptive to spiritual activities. It is an essential process, whether you are practicing shamanism, or just simply walking around. Breathing is essential to healing and strengthening the chakras.

Specifically, deep breathing or diaphragmatic breathing is used for these purposes. This form of deep breathing contracts the diaphragm which is the muscle organ between the thoracic and abdominal cavities. This kind of deep breathing is the most relaxed form of breathing and manifests even in animals at their most relaxed state.

To begin deep breathing, sit in a comfortable position. Take three breath repetitions and visualize the light of pure love as you inhale and let out toxins as you exhale. This is a grounding technique that can be done anywhere. If empaths find that they are overwhelmed or getting panic attacks, getting centered with this deep breathing technique will stabilize them.

4. Crystal Healing

Your empathy is a gift. It’s a special type of navigation system that will help direct and guide you on your life path. Yet being an empath can make daily life, especially now, really hard to handle – being empathic contributes yet another layer to the chaos, because you are highly sensitive, susceptible to all the energies and emotions swirling through the atmosphere.

Crystals can be used as healing agents, and they have specific energies, which can be a godsend for empaths. If you’re an empathic person, then the likelihood is that you will be able to forge a particular and close relationship with certain crystals. And using these crystals in testing times will undoubtedly help you whether the storm.

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Express your thoughts and emotions through writing

Writing is closer to thinking than speaking.

After all, what we say may be what others just want to hear, even if on a subconscious level. An empath is a volcano of emotions and thoughts, and it is important to have an outlet. Tap into your inner thoughts and express your impressions of universal energies. Writing is an effective grounding technique for empaths, especially in these difficult times. It is a way of visualization that will help you to solve problems and discover new ways of thinking and even feeling. Tell your story and write your poetry. Write until you feel relaxed, and your energy levels stabilize.

Understand Yourself & Thrive

The most important thing that empaths need to understand is that they function in a different vibration. They are gifted people, but they need to protect their space and their very self. The critical incidences of the year 2020 can take their toll on Empaths who are forever attuned to the energies around them. There are instances empaths may not be ready. Empaths must be spiritually strong, and self-survival is vital to take on the challenges of their transcendental mission to the universe.

So, if you’re an empath, try to understand who you are and do what you can to protect yourself from the energies of 2020. By doing so, you’ll not only feel better, you’ll be able to bring your light to the collective and be a positive force in the world.

Tell us in the comments: are you an empath and how are you feeling right now?

 

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About Rose Foster

Rose May Foster is a writer for Numerologist.com with a penchant for the lighter side of numerology, astrology and all things divination. Often found in the depths of the Twitterverse or scouring #hilarious Instagram accounts, Rose uses YOUR thoughts as her research to bring tongue in cheek and binge-worthy articles that'll have you LOL'ing along with her!

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