Second Emailed Empathy Movement Newsletter: developing an empathic way of being

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Dear Friends and Supporters

I’d like to hear from you. What are your needs for empathy? What would support you in developing a more empathic way of being in your life, family and community?

Send me an email and I’ll try to address those needs in the next newsletters. In this second newsletter we are focusing on listening. Like any skill, deeply listening or being deeply heard, takes practice, practice, practice.

One of the most effective ways I’ve found for practicing listening is to have an empathy buddy, i.e. another person(s) with whom to dialog with on a regular basis.

Another highly effective process is taking part in a regular Empathy Circle. This circle process was developed for small groups (3 to 5 people) to speak, listen and dialog in a structured way that maximizes mutual and reciprocal empathy.

Edwin Rutsch
Director, Center For Building a Culture of #Empathy

(Painting is by Mary Cassatt, who did amazing work in painting the feeling of empathy and care in families).