Day 9: Empathy

The feeling of empathy is all about being able to understand and share the feelings of another. How is it be empathetic to a loved one? How is it to a stranger? How is to empathize with a colleague. The embodied experience is still one of empathy. Who we choose to empathize with is different.

 

How would things be different if you were more empathetic at work? At home?

Embodying Empathy
Rachael Talbot, Wilmslow Chiropractor

Audio Transcript: Empathy

So how was yesterday? How was it to focus on experiencing feeling delight? What happened because of your focus? How did it benefit you? Those you care for?

Today we are going to focus on Empathy.

So decide where you are going to do this and whether you will stand, sit or walk.

As usual I want you pay attention to your body in response to the following questions. Notice which questions work for you, and which are more of a challenge? Maybe some of the questions that initially didn’t work for you are starting to give you new insights. Remember, this is about finding your magic recipe to embody your emotions more effectively, and more emotions will bring more energy and more energy will allow you to make different choices and take different actions.

Focus on a situation in your life when you felt emapthy, or something that you know brings this emotion up in you. Focus on how empathy feels in your body.

Observe what happens in your body when you do this.

Observe your breath pattern. Is it shallow, deep, fast or slow? Is it changing as you focus on being empathy?

Observe the energy in your body. Does it move up your body or down? Do you feel yourself contract or expand? Are you aware of energy at all? What changes as you focus on feeling and embodying empathy? Do you have more or less energy?

Is there a place in your body you associate with empathy? If so, focus on it and observe what changes.

Do you need to move to feel empathy in your body? How do you need to move? Move and observe what happens. Is there a movement than increases your ability to feel empathy? Try a few out.

How does focusing on empathy affect your posture? Does changing your posture increase or decrease your experience of empathy? Do you have a “empathetic” posture?

Do you experience empathy as something that comes from deep inside of you and expands out? Or is it something that you feel coming into your body (not from someone or something else, just coming in)?

When you focus on empathy notice how your facial expressions change? Do you want to make a sound? Are new behaviours showing up? Do you smile or move differently?

What do you become aware of?

As your day progresses, look for opportunities to feel empathetic. If someone is challenging, try to be in their shoes? If someone is in pain or appears to be, can you be more with them? What if a loved one does something that would normally upset you? Can you be more empathetic with them and their reasons for behaving that way?

Have a great day and please share your experiences and questions on our facebook page.

Rachael Talbot,
Doctor of Chiropractic, Expert in Reorganisational Healing