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.
Diligence is a keyword for our relationship to work and goals. But is it too limited? What is missing?
We have to know where we are going based on where others have gone before, choose how to get there, have a reason for getting there, buy the ticket, we cannot choose the route because it is predetermined, and we cannot leave unless there is a predetermined stop. Sound familiar?
What is Progress to Flight? Progress is to move forward or onward in space or time. Flight is the action or process of flying through the air.… Read more “V&E Poetic Therapy: Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight”
Meditation I find self-induced meditation difficult; my mind does not quiet easily and the experience can be very discouraging and frustrating. Because of this, I have used many of the… Read more “Ho’oponopono and Meditation for Reconciliation”
My theme this week is Forgiveness. What is it, and how does it manifest in the stories of our lives. What leads us to forgive and why… Read more “Manifestation of Commonality and Forgiveness”
What is a Scapegoat?
To put it plainly: a person blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others. What does that mean exactly?
It means that if you are someone’s scapegoat, you are going to be the reason someone else did or said something, or the reason something happened, or more broadly YOU are the problem.
The scapegoat is given a tremendous amount of power, but ends up feeling weak, shameful, pitiable, guilty, or that they are evil, bad, or wrong. In come cases, wrongness becomes inseparable from the way they see themselves: they can mistake what others say for their true identities.
In families, the scapegoat tends to be the person the family collectively identifies as a source of their dysfunctional behavior. The idea being that if the person to blame for familial disruption is somehow fixed, then the family will be fixed.
In the post on V&E Words: Renewal I discovered that the prefix RE- means “again”. Inspired by fellow blogger Que Fenomeno post called Coin-a-Concept (excerpt to follow) I want to look at the… Read more “V&E Words: New”
V&E Voice of the Voiceless Series providing the definition and etymology of keywords for the renewal of your body, mind, and spirit. Exploring the relationship between language and personal wellness. First in the series I will look at the word: Renewal.