The Empathetic Spirit

Empathy

A great deal has been written about empathy from a psychological point of view, particularly in the effort to distinguish it from sympathy.  Far less has been written about its spiritual dimension.On that score, arguably the etymology of the word remains an important clue to its spiritual significance.  From the Greek preposition en or “in” and the noun, pathos or passion, empathy refers to the capacity to “feel into” or even “suffer into” the experience of another.It becomes instantly cl … [Read more...]

Dog is what I do

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I had a conversation with our dog the other day.  She was wandering off to another corner of the house and I asked her,“Hilda, what are you doing?”She responded with remarkable clarity, “Dog…dog is what I do.”It strikes me that dogs are utterly and completely at home in their dog-ness.  They aren’t redefined by any moment of activity.  They are what they are.But it isn’t nearly as simple for us human beings.We frequently let jobs and titles tell us who we are.  As a result, we … [Read more...]


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