Ok, so the thing about us empaths is that we're weird. Some of our daily struggles are so strange, even to us! And I think it's time for us to embrace the weirdness, accept ourselves, and maybe even laugh.
So, I'm going to be sharing a series of weird empath problems that happen to me in my daily life. Hopefully you can relate. And if not, at least you can feel moderately amused by the inner workings of my mind and perception of the world.
Salt and vinegar potato chips. Not something that I eat on a regular basis. I actually eat pretty healthy, because junk food makes me feel like shit. (Another empath thing.)
So, why was I eating these chips in the first place? Let's back up.
Last week I was creating the videos and exercises for my latest empath course, Calm. It's all about grounding your energy and calming down when you feel anxious. A huge problem for empaths! So I wanted to share some of the tools that I've learned that can help.
But while I was working on this course, I started to feel the need for grounding on a whole new level. I started to crave dirt!
Yes. I wanted to eat dirt. And, I wanted to roll in it, smell it, taste it, touch it. Be the dirt! It was such an overwhelming feeling that it also put me into anxiety mode. My hands were shaking, I was feeling twitchy and craving dirt like a drug addict trying to detox. I didn't know what to do.
I decided that I must need to eat. Maybe my body is craving some type of nutrition that I'm missing somehow. So, I went to the grocery store. I bought green beans, potatoes, and some chips.
I ate the green beans and potato raw. Weird, I know. But so satisfying. And the chips made my salty craving feel better.
So, I did not eat dirt. I did go outside and smell the dirt in the garden. I held it in my hand. I thought about it. But I didn't eat it. Feeling so proud of myself for that! Hahaha.
I posted about my experience on Facebook. An empath friend replied and said that she seems to burn through salt and minerals faster than most people and needs to eat more than normal. Wow. Another empath problem!
For the rest of the week, I made sure to eat as soon as I felt hungry. I let myself eat whatever I was craving, which was salt, raw vegetables and meat. And I started to take an iron supplement to see if that would help the craving go away.
But on Wednesday my schedule got a little crazy and I was late to eat lunch. I could feel the craving coming back.
I needed to pop into the grocery store to buy some pet food so I decided to grab some salt and vinegar potato chips to get some salt in my system and hopefully keep the dirt cravings at bay until I could eat a proper lunch.
And I really needed that salt! As soon as I got into my car, I ripped open the bag and started scarfing down these chips. And they tasted so good! Until my tongue started burning.
So, here's the other thing about being an empath. Many of us are SO sensitive to taste and touch. These chips were the store brand. Not the fancy, organic, kettle cooked type of chips. The chemically enhanced (maybe MSG?) sketchy type of chips.
I was torn. I needed the salt. The chips tasted so good. But they were burning my taste buds off my tongue one by one!
I had to stop for a moment and laugh at myself. Good grief. If it's not one thing it's another.
When I got home, I put down the bag of chips and ate a decent lunch. The dirt craving subsided and I felt much better.
Now, every time I walk through my kitchen, I see that bag of chips staring at me from the counter. I know that they taste delicious, but the thought of eating them makes me feel ill. Plus, I like having all my taste buds intact.
I hate to waste food, but I may just throw them away. Sigh. Another empath problem.
If you're an empath and you can relate, let me know in the comments below! And, download my free meditation, Detach from Negativity. It'll help you let go of the toxic vibes that you absorb from other people...and salt and vinegar potato chips!