Gifts of Character – Empathy

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Empathy. Empathy is about reading the physical signs of a person, predicting how they might feel given the circumstances and connecting with them based on putting ourselves in their position. Empathy connects us to others, protecting us from prejudice, blame and judgment. Empathy inspires us to be giving.

Today as I reflect on empathy I am focusing on my closest relationships. My goal is to be as compassionate and selfless with family as I attempt to be with those connected to me outside the family. The practice of deep presence to their feelings, words, and actions and putting myself in their place, asking how they or I might respond to the words I use. I am asking myself if I would say or treat others the way I am speaking to family members. I will sensitize my heart to their feelings.