What is Empathy? I explore the eymology, psychology, physiology and spirituality behind the concept in an attempt to answer this question. How do we feel the other? How do we know the difference between our feelings and the feelings of the other? The three major components of empathy seem to be: knowing, feeling and responding compassionately. We read books to gather knowledge of things we do not have the time or space to learn first hand. Tuning our empathy has the same effect but for emotions. We can connect with other humans and simulate experiences we have never had. In doing so we expand our awareness and are better able to live ethically and effectively with our fellow humans.
Forgiveness Prayer From Angeles Arrien’s book The Nine Muses If I have harmed anyone in any way Either knowingly or unknowingly Through my own confusions I ask forgiveness. If anyone has harmed me in anyway Either knowingly or unknowingly Through their own confusions I forgive them. And if there is a situation I am not
Something has changed, I think it is me. I no longer look back and see only my mistakes, now I can see all of the people I am grateful for. I see the lessons I have learned and appreciate the experiences I have had.
Part of that is owed to the people I have met, the women who have guided me with their intelligence, their strength, and their wisdom.
In that light I would like to dedicate this series of posts Fierce Lady Friends: The Seven Lessons for the women in my life, my tribe, and to the women out there who are living, supporting and teaching one another. In the coming weeks, I will be posting the Seven Lessons from my own perspective and experience and sharing a bit about the women in my life who were my teachers in the formative time in my life that is now coming to a close. The Lessons are:
Acceptance, Boundaries, Compassion, Courage, Unconditional Love, Trust, and Sisterhood.
This morning I was struck by the realization that while the internet can be a volatile and scary place, there are some people who have discovered safe little corners where they can connect with others and feel safe enough to share their lives and their stories. I find sharing online tremendously difficult and often feel embarrassed by it,