Are you listening so that you can respond to the speaker or are you taking in what they are saying in an effort to help them unload the weight off their shoulders?
When we are empathetic, we place ourselves in the a world where there is no judgement against the speaker – just a careful listener that accepts your voice and your experience. It isn’t easy for us, to have an empathic ear – someone who will not tell me what I did wrong, no one to scold me, no one ready to give me assumed advice, no one to turn me away, just a vessel where I can deposit my grief and possibly move on.
Being empathetic isn’t one way or the other, it is something you learn or it is born you are born with. You have the skill set from early on, you may or may not…
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