Word of the Month for May 2016: Empathy

India. Photo: Jacqueline Valdez. Nikon FM, 50mm.
India. Photo: Jacqueline Valdez. Nikon FM, 50mm.

The Virtue is Empathy

The Saboteur is Apathy

Empathy intuitively knows and apathy doesn’t care to know.

Spirituality is perceived through our intuition. It’s felt through our heart. There are many styles, methods and preferences for humans to express spirituality, it’s similar to language. We have many languages to express the same thing like love, amor and so on. Language defines our thoughts and feelings. We feel first, then we express ourselves through language. Empathy is a silent language. When we empathize with another person we sense that we have had a similar experience. We don’t have to know the details of the event, we feel and our intuition understands.

In our language we have a saying, “I feel you.” Sometimes it’s accompanied by a nod of the head or a movement of the hand. It’s a silent recognition between people that know one another, as well as people who haven’t been formally introduced. Our intuition senses the similarities in our experiences. Empathy and intuition work in concert, empathy feels the pain and our intuition gives us insight into that pain.
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