- March 17, 2021
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- Online (U.S. Pacific Time)
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Empaths not only sense other people’s emotions, but also absorb them—sometimes to their disadvantage, often leading to overwhelming sensory overload and feelings of confusion or low self-esteem. Their willingness to help and please others might make them prey to opportunists or cause them to give away more energy than they can afford. But international speaker, cancer survivor, and author Anita Moorjani argues that it’s possible to turn this onslaught of emotional burden into a powerful tool.
In a time when traits like sensitivity, kindness, and compassion are sorely undervalued, Anita helps empaths—whether emerging or acknowledged—navigate obstacles they may face and identify what makes them unique. Anita teaches them how to claim their true powers as empaths and be their most authentic selves, shifting their own trajectory and potentially shifting the planet and its people in a more conscientious direction. In Anita’s latest book, Sensitive Is the New Strong, she shares eye-opening personal anecdotes, insights from other empaths, meditations, and self-affirming mantras to demonstrate the positive power of sensitivity.
Join May Elawar, CIIS Professor in Women’s Spirituality for a conversation about Anita's life, work, and learn how to harness and foster empathic gifts in today’s difficult, fear-based world.
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Anita Moorjani is the New York Times bestselling author of What If This Is Heaven? and Dying to be Me. A beloved international speaker, she resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Danny, and has dedicated her life to empowering the minds and hearts of people with her story of courage and transformation. Anita was born in Singapore to Indian parents and grew up in Hong Kong speaking English, Cantonese, and an Indian dialect simultaneously. Prior to her near-death experience, she worked in the corporate world.
May Elawar received her PhD in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Women's Spirituality from CIIS. She holds an MA in International Relations and a BA in Political Science. May teaches in the Women’s Spirituality department and is interested in bridging spirituality/religion with social justice activism. May is Lebanese, and came to the US as an international student. She is particularly interested in exploring alternative and non-western philosophical frameworks to address theories of knowledge, identity, gender, colonialism/postcolonialism, and globalization. May's research and activism has focused greatly on social justice in the Arab and Muslim world, particularly for women. Her activism and research interests also span transformative leadership, restorative justice and decolonizing narratives. She is active with a number of groups in the Bay Area who are involved in exploring transformative practices for healing gender-based violence and other social disparities.