Imagining the feelings of someone else (or how you would feel in a similar situation) is sympathy, not empathy. When you sympathize in this way your emotional body merges with that of the person you are focused upon the person who is longing to be heard does not want these feelings projected back upon them. It becomes a block for clear understanding and connection.
Empathy is the ability to hold your emotions separately while holding the space to hear them with your complete focus of attention. When a person is heard without any attachment from the listener they can more likely to experience an inner-connection that leads to taking actions to move forward easily.
The focus of learning
- The steps for effective listening resulting in empathetic connection
- Types of Listening
- Obstacles to being heard
- The Power of Empathy on brain function
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Awareness Thru the Art of Effective Listening
1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)
by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness, Living in Natures Love Blog
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