Posted by Scot on 10/09/2010 13:58:16
In reply to kinderfocus posted by sorrisi on 10/09/2010 10:10:53
I do appreciate your acute sense of empathy for the perceived suffering
of others that you have observed in your everyday experience. I work in
the helping professions with adults with developmental disabilities, so
I'm keenly tuned-in (when I'm mindful and awake) to the Healer/Kind
Helper areas from John's Eight Types of Essence/Personality.
Feeling the suffering of others is a form of suffering itself. And, as
you've probably already discoverd, there is a good-news/bad-news way
of 'being' sensitive in this way.
But, in reality, and regardless of outward appearances, who really
knows about the qualitative life-experiences of the people that we
observe other than the people themselves? Most likely, only them.
That dichotomy between the visual cues and the thought-associations
that are coming-up and clicking off in your mind sound like projections
to me. Maybe the next time you have this particular empathetic
experience, a suggested meditative exerrcise would be to take a survey
of the specific sensations that you 'feel' throughout your body to
apprehend and come to an understanding of the exact emotional state
that you find yourself captivated by in this circumstance. I hear you
using the word "fear", but from it sounds like, maybe saddness is a
dominant theme in the mix of your emotional palette.
I've tried this meditation exercise myself, so I understand from my own
experience that it does have great value. Good luck, and thanks very
much for checking-in and sharing today!