The Bridge of Empathy: Connecting to Others Through Compassion & Awareness

As we open to the full range of experiences within ourselves, we become aware of what we perceive in each moment, no longer denying some feelings while clinging to others.

 

Developing Empathy: Building a Bridge to the Pain of Others
 

When we practice mindfulness, one of the qualities that we are developing is empathy. As we open to the full range of experiences within ourselves, we become aware of what we perceive in each moment, no longer denying some feelings while clinging to others.

By coming to know our own pain, we build a bridge to the pain of others, which enables us to step out of our self-absorption and offer help. And when we actually understand how it feels to suffer — in ourselves and in others — we are compelled to live in a way that creates as little harm as possible.

 

by Sharon Salzberg