Dave MarkowitzIT ALL STARTED... You know when the Universe sends you a message repeatedly and from multiple sources? Of course you do. I had been told that IÔÇÖm an Empath by many people over many years, but it wasnÔÇÖt until I was fed a bite of a reality sandwich that I finally got it. I was invited to a friend of a friendÔÇÖs birthday party that consisted of going to seven bars in seven hours on a party bus. And, at the end of the night I was drunk. Not uncommon, right? Well, except that I hadnÔÇÖt drank anything but water the entire evening! Bear in mind, I hadnÔÇÖt drank alcohol in years. In fact, I pretty much avoided the bar scene for a long time. I wasnÔÇÖt even sure of the specific why of it all, but now itÔÇÖs all clear: My intuitive and empathic skills made those types of environments a rather unpleasant experience. Oftentimes in group settings, I found myself getting drained, feeling confused, or even anxious. Sound familiar? Most of us were never taught how to healthily deal with the gift of empathy.
If you’re a personal trainer, yoga or Pilates teacher, coach or healing practitioner of any kind, first off, thank you. You could have gone into a career that was almost guaranteed to earn you a higher income, more prestige, or extra points on your curriculum vitae, but instead you chose the way of the heart. You chose to follow your passion. There is nothing wrong with money or prestige, of course, but they are not the main motivations for wellness professionals like us. We know we’re here to share our talents and add value to the world.Read More