Like the rain forest, are you intense, multi-layered, colorful, creative, highly sensitive, overwhelming, complex, idealistic and influential? Like the rain forest, are you misunderstood, misdiagnosed and mysterious? Like the rain forest, have you met too many chain saws? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions or to parts of these questions, read on, you may have a rainforest mind. Perhaps, you’re more familiar with these terms: nerd, geek, bookworm, dork, or brainiac. Some of you may have been called precocious or gifted. I use the metaphor of the rain forest because it cuts through the controversy. If people are like ecosystems, some are meadows, some are deserts, and some are rain forests. Each ecosystem is beautiful and valuable. The rain forest is just the most complex and maybe the most misunderstood. Kind of like you.
I’ve been working with children and adults with rainforest minds (RFM) since the 1970s when I was a teacher of gifted children in the public schools. Now I’m a counselor in private practice counseling rainforest-minded adults and consulting with parents of gifted children. In this blog, I’d like to share what I’ve learned over the years about the mental, academic, creative, emotional, social and spiritual needs of this population. I’ll share stories, resources and strategies. My plan is to help you live like the thriving rain forest itself: in balance, peace, grace and beauty, and in support of all beings on the planet.