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!
Listening is essential