“Empathy is the ability to step outside of your own bubble and into the bubbles of other people.” – C. Joybell
What does EMPATHIC mean?
The definition of EMPATHIC is the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of another.
Being EMPATHIC is not the easiest thing to be with others as it can be difficult to understand all the details of another person’s situation. As you begin Day 13 of our KINDolutions challenge, Being EMPATHETIC will play a BIG PART in how you participate.
Being empathic when listening to someone is simply listening without judgement and emotionally connecting to them and how they are feeling. Being empathetic when communicating with another person is speaking/responding to them in such a way that they know that you can really understand their circumstances, situations and how they feel about their life. When we can listen and interact with others in this way, it leaves another feeling like they are understood and that is truly a gift. When we do not judge their actions, especially when people do things out of fear or desperation, we help them not feel bad or guilty. Being empathic is a way we as human beings can communicate without language that shows another we care about them and that they are safe to be themselves. Being empathic is a skill like no other skill and when we develop this skill it also gives us more understanding of our own actions and feelings. As a result, we become more resilient , responsible and courageous in how we respond to life’s challenging situations.
At www.idareu2bee.com we believe that if you practice interacting with everyone with empathy, life will be less stressful. This is because most of the time the stress we have is created by how we think which is influenced by how we perceive things. An empathic view can provide you with peace of mind and let go of the need to understand and control everything, including other people. Empathy is the key to the freedom we all say we want and it is right there for us to use. [Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]Today we challenge you to do a KINDNESS ASSESSMENT. The assessment is simple and at times you may struggle, yet this is where your MIGHTY COURAGE kicks in.
Do not give up, do not give in because building your kindness superpowers will have you win!
Get Ready, Get Set and GROW forward with your GIGANTIC KIND HEART.
KINDNESS ASSESSMENT DAY 13
- Are you willing to practice noticing when you are not being empathetic towards others when they speak to you and when they do things you do not agree with?
If YOU ANSWERED YES, GREAT! Scroll down to STEP 2.
If YOU ANSWERED NO, stay right here and ask yourself this question.
Why are you NOT willing to practice noticing when you are not being EMPATHETIC?
Think about your reason why being empathic is not something you think will make a difference. Your answers may surprise you. Remember to be honest. This is not easy to do, yet we encourage you to write your answers on a piece of paper or in your journal.
- Write on a piece of paper or in your journal the reasons why being empathic would make a difference with the people in your life that you are having challenges with.
- Write out how being empathic can make you a kinder person.
NOW make today the start of practicing being empathic and discover what a difference it will make for your peace of mind as well as those you interact with. . Pay close attention to your judgemental thoughts when you are listening to people. Catch it, acknowledge the thought, and then keep listening. When we are aware of how our mind tries to judge we can be responsible when we are not listening empathetically.