Empathy, Compassion & Vulnerability are required!
These critical aspects of our being are essential to living a life of complete joy, in harmony with all of humanity. If we hope for a better world for all of humanity, we must live our lives from that ‘better world’ perspective. We must treat others as we wish to be treated. But to do so, we must first have the capacity to feel what others are feeling. If we are able to empathize with others by connecting with what they are feeling, we will be personally moved by this feeling. This feeling is compassion for another and is essential if we desire a better world for all beings. The ability to feel compassion is critical for establishing our common link with all of humanity.
When we empathize, we inevitably feel compassion. While these feelings are critical in forming our being (how we exist in the world), the true impact lies in what we choose to do with these feelings. How will we be in the world? And who will we be for others?
Our ability to feel compassion has the capacity to transform relationships, heal wounds and positively impact humanity. To do so requires that we develop the capacity to establish a shared connection with another human being. This is a true artform in itself! That said, anyone can learn this art. But it requires stepping out of our comfort zone.
To establish a bond of trust with another human being requires that we communicate our shared connection, our oneness and those things that link us as human beings. We must be able to identify within ourselves and communicate those shared feelings that are the source of our compassion for another. For example, if we desire to sincerely communicate our compassion for another’s loss of someone close to them, we must communicate in some form the sincerity of our feelings. This can be done in many ways, yet it requires that we establish a shared connection. This inevitably requires that we expose ourselves to that person. We must open ourselves up and share ourselves with that person in an authentic manner so that they feel we truly care about how they are feeling. This requires the ability to be vulnerable and to expose those intimate parts of ourselves in the face of our fear of being hurt by another. To learn more about the beautiful world that is unveiled through the window of vulnerability, please see my past post dedicated to this topic which includes a truly inspirational TEDx Talk.
Let’s all feel empathy, develop compassion and be vulnerable, for this capacity will pave our path to a life of limitless joy!
Much love & light,