Empathy

Empathy is the ability to identify with the feelings of another individual.

Although each person is unique, the feelings we have are not.

Cultivating empathy is a valuable practice if one wishes to grow in kindness.

When I observe someone else, I sometimes find it interesting to imagine what it feels like to be that person. I try to imagine what that person is feeling, and how it feels to exist in that person's body. Our bodies determine to a large extent our experience of the world. Living in a skinny body is different from living in a body that is fifty percent fat. Every movement and breath feels different. A person's gender also has a great affect on one's daily experience.