The difference between a regular Mindfulness course and the Mindfulness for High Sensitivity course
These are the differences between the Mindfulness for High Sensitivity program which I offer and a standard Mindfulness course:
– You will be in a group with just HSP’s. This will be quite a new experience for many. Being in a group with other sensitive people makes it easier to let your guards down and connect, explore and grow on a deeper level.
– HSP’s have a specific set of challenges, some of which are not shared by non-HSP’s. In a regular (mindfulness) course there won’t be much (if any) attention to topics like taking over other’s emotions.
– Training to be more mindful is a different process for HSP’s vs non-HSP’s. Whereas non-HSP’s generally start with trying to become more open to experiences, HSP’s have a natural talent for that. It’s rather the opposite, many HSP’s have a strategy to sometimes shut down/close off because there’s so much coming in. For them the challenge is rather how to handle this openness which is there already (at least under the right conditions). So we will focus on what is relevant for HSP’s.
– High Sensitivity is not a collection of challenging features of which we want to get rid. It’s a personality type with which we want to become at ease with. To take an example: HSP’s easily experience a higher arousal (often experienced as stress). If taken as an undesirable feature, a trainer/coach/therapist might advise that it’s something we should work on to get rid of or to improve in. This will be an impossible goal for an HSP, as it’s part of being an HSP. It’s connected with the high sensitivity and the deep processing. In my course, the HS personality is taken as a a) system and as b) a given.
– Together with the standard MBCT-part, there’s also a part in this course which is called ‘Self-loving actions’. This part is not an element of standard mindfulness courses. Self-loving actions are about how to apply mindfulness in your day to day life. Again, being an HSP will be taken here as a given. So we will look at questions like ‘What can I do in my daily life to experience less frustration/lose less energy given that I’m sometimes overstimulated and given that I easily absorb negative emotions’ to mention just one example.