I blush to admit it, but I was really proud of myself today.
I spent the entire day in meetings, surrounded by people, and at one point was in a room with over five hundred people in it. I'm a self-admitted crowd-ophobe because of the bombardment of feelings that I must contend with, but today went pretty well.
Here's what I did to survive. I made sure my cocoon of white light was surrounding me, that I stayed aware of myself and my own feelings, and that I focused on my breathing when the emotions around me were getting strong. This morning before I left home, I also connected with Mother Earth, and reconnected when I returned home. I think spending that time grounding also helped.
The result -- yes, I am a little head-achy, but overall I feel like I'm connected to myself and not carrying the emotions and moods of all the people I've been around today. In the past, the feeling of what it was like to have a lot of other people's emotions glommed onto me was like wearing layer after layer of wet wool sweaters. At the end of the day, it wore me down. Today, I even had enough energy to go to the gym for some cardio. Yay, me!