Listening is essential

Empathy requires exceptional listening skills.  You not only have to listen to what is being said but also how it’s being said.  Today was a sad attempt at being empathetic – in my attempt to relate to the other person, I kept bringing up my own stories and getting caught up in them.  Being empathetic means being generous with your self – suspending your needs to surrender to what the other person is expressing.  First step to being empathetic is really listening without thinking of what to say next…Tomorrow’s homework!

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