Tuesday, January 27, 2009

SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF ANOTHER: THE GIFT OF EMPATHY!

I received this in email and thought it was so very true..............learn and enjoy!

SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF ANOTHER: THE GIFT OF EMPATHY!


Nick Ralls

I step into the shoes and try to understand all those who come into my life... realising they come into my life for a reason. I learn the art of empathy so that I can imagine, feel and accept the experience and feelings of others and, therefore, love them more.

IF we are to love other people we need to step into their shoes... see the world from their eyes.
With that comes understanding.. true understanding
How often are we judgmental, fearful, ignorant because we cannot see, for the life of us, another's point of view?

If we are to genuinely love people we need to learn the art of empathy. Empathy is basically our ability to imagine, feel and accept the experience and feelings of others.

I believe we were given the gift of imagination so that we could see into the inner worlds of others... to show love and understanding.

And we have the gift of our feelings which means that we can feel at one with another. We can see into the heart of another.

When we wish to understand and, therefore, love another we need to set aside our own personal judgments, opinions and advice.

If not we might be led into temptation... we might try to mould them, control them or distance ourselves from them when that might not be our intention.

Instead we need to open our mind and heart...

So let us step into the shoes of another.. float into their body...imagine we are them, looking at the world through a different pair of eyes.

We need to tell our critical mind to take a walk while we picture ourselves in the circumstances of another, experiencing their own struggle and fears, feeling their feelings.

It can help to recall as much as we know about the person's life history... what they went through as a child..what they have had to face in their life.. where their insecurities lay.

And when we can see into a person in that way, we can love them deeply and meaningfully like never before....

We can then truly feel at one with them.... not apart or distant from them.

If we are to live from the heart it can be a good practice to regularly practise empathy with the people who come into our life.. we can seek to understand those who make us fearful or irritate us as well as those whom we adore.

In that way we can love all people...and we can take ourselves out of fear and more into love!

So dear and special friend.. I recognise my oneness with you... I love you for being in the world and I wish that we can step out of fear into love.. more and more.


I agree and hope empathy spreads. I hope to step out of fear into love and I hope you can to!

Victoria Placeo



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