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.
~ 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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Since having a near death experience, living here is sometimes challenging.
Initially, reconnecting to life after my NDE was really, really hard.
Returning with an experience of the afterlife held within my consciousness left me wanting for more depth of meaning in my everyday life. The problem was, no matter how hard I searched, I couldn’t seem to find it. Nothing I experienced measured up. I spent many years suffering emotionally, not knowing how or where to find my happiness.
The problem was, as I reintegrated back in this 3-D world, I’d lost the awareness of the essence of who I was, sacrificing it to the demands of everyday life. I’d gotten distracted, neglected my internal world, and focused wholly on the external.
After years of struggle, I woke up. Again. I once again became aware of who and what learned that I am, and began living from that place of awareness. As I did this, my life gradually changed for the better.
I feel alive again!! This three dimensional world is pretty cool, and can be pretty amazing to live in, when one is able to live from the awareness of who they are. We all can. Every single one of us, and I’m writing about this very thing now in my forthcoming book.