A couple of weeks ago we had a blog about empathy and emotional intelligence where I suggested that we translate the actions of others into sentences about what they might be feeling and needing. This could not only help us understand others who differ from us politically, but might also nurture us because we diminish the negative energy of blame and judgment. As we open our hearts to others, we connect to our common animality with all of life.
Opening our hearts to others though is not an easy practice. It causes us to feel, and often this means having uncomfortable sensations. Connecting to life is not about feeling comfortable, it’s about feeling everything. Being present to life, then, means we need to nurture ourselves as much as possible so that we process with choice the emotions that arise in us and others. We can nurture ourselves by growing our own emot