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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Philosophical / Spiritual Anxiety

Philosophical/Spiritual Anxiety. Asynchronous development means many gifted kids understand the finality of death and the afterlife before they're emotionally ready to handle it. It means the news is devastating because our kids (and us, as adults!) are understanding too much and struggling with the weight of the world. Gifted kids are often unwilling to believe in mythical creatures - Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny, and others. As adults, Philosophical or Spiritual Anxiety may lead us to spiritual quests, seeking spiritual communities, and suffering / enjoying spiritual sensitivity. What does Philosophical and/or Spiritual Anxiety mean to you?

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including (regular) Anxiety and Emotional Intelligence.

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

It's Not that Simple! - Big Emotions and Major Life Events by Heather in WonderSchooling
He feels things so deeply that things which would, for others, be joyful, end up being excruciatingly overstimulating...

Our kids are built this way. They're not broken. They're intensely feeling, hyper aware, amazing people who get crazy amounts of joy out of little things...
Finding Sanctuary by Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
Sanctuary most often connotes a sheltered, protected place. In my mind it is not necessarily a physical place, rather it is the placid inner space in which we rearrange the furniture of our mind in such a way that we create harmony and quietude...

Where do I find sanctuary as a gifted elder? First and foremost...
See You After the Big Bounce by Jessie in CounterNarration
It's not just gifted children who grapple with spiritual anxiety. As long as those waves of intellectual and emotional overexcitability keep crashing into each other, our mortal existence will give us plenty to get anxious about. But the same mental processes that fuel that anxiety can also give rise to creative sources of spiritual optimism...
The Contradictions of Giftedness by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large. I contain multitudes."

It appears that Walt Whitman knew something about rainforest minds.

You are large. You contain multitudes.

But how do you live with your multitudinous-ness when other humans find you overwhelming. And when you find you overwhelming...
Anxious about the Future? Explorations into the past may help.. by Gift-Ed Connections
Every era is rife with challenges and this point in history is no different. If we are not anxious about whether we can do better, knowing what we now know, then perhaps we don't understand that who we are and how we respond to the world around us matters. Embracing that anxiety as part of the challenge of finding our life purpose and making meaning is important. While the future may judge us harshly as we fumble with trying to make the right or best decision...
Young Minds, Grown-Up Worries: 5 Resources for Parents and Educators by The Fissure
Because of these differences, children can also surprise adults with early worries about big-picture, life-and-death concepts. In some cases, this can be the first sign of high-ability needs. How do you cope with a two-year-oldís concerns about death, heaven, and an infinite universe? How can you handle a student so concerned with social justice that she argues with her peers, or an emotionally sensitive child who cannot sleep because of stress over homelessness and foreign wars?
Falling on My Head and Finding Jesus, Or something like that by Kathleen Casper in One World Gifted
As a deep-thinking, gifted adult, I question a lot of things about the world and about the people
in it. And I certainly question the issues of spirituality. I am not quick to believe anyone's
theories about the unknown without some scientific proof. However...
Anxiety and gifted adulting and aw hell get me off this rock by Jen Merrill, Laughing at Chaos
We talk so much about over-excitabilities with our gifted kids. But you know? Just like our kids donít quit being gifted when they graduate, they donít hand over the over-excitabilities in exchange for that diploma. Giftedness is wiring, it is lifelong, and it tiptoes through the generations. The OEs they have when they are four years old...
Embracing the Dark Night of the Soul by Heather, The Fringy Bit
Spiritual anxiety is not, in and of itself, bad. It is essential. We rarely have the foresight to know what will bring us to the dark night. For me, it was holding my beliefs under the close scrutiny and microscope of college. Two decades later, it was a series of family tragedies. Two decades from now it might be something else. For those of us thoughtful, reflective, questioning, sensitive souls, we often find it at one or more times in our lives. And when weíre in it, it is difficult...
Spiritual Intelligence and Anxiety by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
I was privileged to see Dorothy Sisk present at a gifted conference in Louisville, Kentucky on Spiritual Giftedness. She had begun studying spiritual intelligence many decades ago. I had kept one of her articles and found it after I got back from the conference...

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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