Wisdom From An Empath; Navigating Solitude With Sensitivity And Discernment

“It takes a lot of work, but you can change any aspect of yourself and how you show up.”

Episode summary:

In this episode, we dig into Jeff Sera’s journey of self-discovery, tracing the origins of his heightened sensitivity and the challenges that come with being so empathic at such a young age. Jeff candidly shares his most transformational experiences, from navigating the complexities of abortion with his high school girlfriend to the awakening he experienced at his aunt’s funeral, where he recognized a disconnection between his emotions and physical being, prompting a desire for healing and presence. Jeff’s insights into staying open to emotional experiences, taking ownership of your personality type, and maintaining self-discipline offer a roadmap for listeners on their own journeys of self-mastery.

What to listen for:

  • How Jeff developed a heightened sense of empathy
  • The abortion experience he shared with his high school girlfriend
  • Starting coaching at 15 to avoid his own traumas
  • The experience at his aunt’s funeral that woke him up

“I realized I had detached myself emotionally from my physical body. Like I had just suppressed everything and shut it all down. And I was like, ‘I need to do something about this.’ I had a friend that was going to these meditation classes and doing some stuff like that, and I was like, ‘Okay, let’s try that, ’cause me just sitting here with it isn’t working.

  • Learning how to hone his empathy and emotional experiences
  • How Jeff learned to process all the grief and emotions he’d avoided
  • Expressing our emotions can be polarizing in productive ways

“You’ll repel certain people and be like, ‘Yo, I don’t know what the fuck he’s talking about, I don’t wanna be around that shit.’ And other people will be like, ‘Yeah, I can relate to that, let’s talk deeper about it.’ It could be somebody you’ve known for most of your life, and you’ve just never had that conversation because you’re both afraid of the judgment of the other person. But once something comes up, or you have this level of awareness around it, or as you speak about it more, there are things you can listen to and hear.

  • Understanding what spirituality truly means to you
  • The two aspects of friendship that determine how we bond
  • Not attaching meaning to the sensations of emotion
  • The power of grounding ourselves through breathwork
  • Checking in during interactions so you have no regrets

“The things I would typically reflect on the ride home, I’ll do it in the middle of an interaction or in the middle of an event. To be like, ‘I can shift it right here and right now. And that can change the energy. It gives me awareness of where I’m at and how I wanna be in that interaction. And this allows me to kinda ebb and flow with what’s present in front of me, so I don’t have regrets.

  • Appreciating your emotional experiences so you stay open
  • Jeff’s belief that our personality is actually a choice
  • His best practices for being disciplined in self-mastery
  • The importance of understanding that we are always projecting

About Jeff Sera

Jeff Sera is a Self-Development Sensei and a Reiki Practitioner with Food 4 Thought: an empowering, motivational service that supports people with holistically achieving their goals in business, health, personal, or love life. Through an inspiring life of overcoming adversity and developing self-confidence, he shares the secrets of self-discovery and self-mastery, crucial aspects of living one’s best life. His clients discover unlimited possibilities, all while becoming self-confident, with the essential elements of self-love, self-worth, and self-respect.

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