This sparked something in me. I began to consider the connection between Compassion and Empathy. Compassion is the physical expression of the spiritual connection we all share, and Empathy is born out of this. Empathy itself is identification with another without being “attached” to it. There is simply an observation of the other’s present condition, and a caring for them that comes out of it. Sympathy is generated by an attached identification and caring for another that is ego-generated. It is the “I want to change things so you do not suffer.” Where Empathy is “I understand and identify with your suffering.” Therefore, a detached expression of our spiritual connection to all there is brings us good spiritual health, and fosters our life-connections. In my NDE and in life I have, I did, and do, experience this. This spiritual knowing allows for me to serve others without getting “burnt out”. It allows for me to express love without ego getting in the way.
“We have more than five senses, and not everything meets the eye.“
~ Roman Krznaric
PDF: How Should We Live?
by Roman Krznaric
(December 1, 2013)
Twelve universal topics including work, love, and family; time, creativity, and empathy are explored in this book by illuminating the past and revealing the wisdom that people have been missing. Looking to history for inspiration can be surprisingly powerful. In How Should We Live?, cultural thinker Roman Krznaric shares ideas and stories from history each of which sheds invaluable light on decisions made every day. There is much to be learned from the ancient Greeks about the different varieties of love, for example, from the Renaissance about living with passion and facing the realities of death, from various indigenous cultures on bringing up our children, and from Japanese pilgrims on the art of travel. History is…
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