ARE YOU TRULY EMPATHETIC?
For a long time empathy was a cute buzz word on social media I agreed the world needed more of but I had no idea how to embody empathy in my own life.
Many times when someone would be sharing uncomfortable emotions whether they lost a loved one, job or were getting a divorce, I felt bad for them but I didn’t know what to say. I felt awkward. I felt blessed I wasn’t in their shoes but I didn’t know how to genuinely connect with their pain.
I started to worry…
Was I a cold and heartless person? Did I not care for others feelings? Was I self-absorbed?
Growing up in a home with a dad and brother who avoided uncomfortable emotions and a mom who repressed emotions to the point it busted out in rage, anger and crying. I had examples of two opposite extremes of repressing and expressing emotions.
I believed if you feel angry, upset, annoyed it means you lost control and it was a bad thing. By blocking myself from feeling negative emotions, I lost my capacity to tap into the good emotions like compassion, empathy, and trust.
Being disconnected to our own pain prevents us from genuinely connecting with others.
If you’ve ever felt uncomfortable when others are expressing uncomfortable emotions, this video is just for you.
I’m sharing part of my speech I gave at Awakened Heart Spiritual Center about how I learned how to truly feel empathetic by embracing and becoming still with one of my greatest fears.
After you watch the video, I want to hear from you…
What uncomfortable emotions are you feeling in your life? Feeling unheard? Not accepted? Unloved? Judged? Remember we feel emotions that we have caused another to feel unconsciously or consciously by our actions, words or thoughts.
Leave a comment below and share what feelings you want to give up to the Universe so you may no longer cause another to feel that way?
Remember- empathy brings the greater connection between human beings. Despite our many “surface” differences- different backgrounds, religions, beliefs or skin colors- the most common universal bond we all experience is the depths of the emotions we feel. The loss of a child. The pain from rejection and anger we feel when someone we love is harmed is the same for all human beings.
Let’s keep that in mind as we navigate these difficult and troubling times in our world. Intend that you will make others feel empowered, loved, accepted and trusted and you’ll experience that in your life too.
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your life. To inspire you on your path and to join together on this journey to be Mod-Zen mamas!
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