Empathy is the honour of listening for feelings and what people value in the present moment however they express that. Nothing is broken. There is no urgency to fix anything. We trust people’s innate wisdom to know themselves and follow their own path. In contrast, Empathy isn’t fixing, advising, or comparing another’s story to our own. Empathy isn’t trying to change the other person’s situation or feelings. It isn’t sympathy, where we share the same feelings as the other person. Instead, we are invited to witness life unfold as is.
Cathy Bucher and Wendy McDonnell explore and practice empathy with a guest caller, Prashant. We are honoured and grateful to Prashant for sharing his experience for us all to witness. By doing this show, listeners say that they have learned and healed. If there is a bit of our sharing that touches the humanity in others, then this show is worth it. Please consider joining us next time, usually the first Sunday of the month, by emailing Wendy: wendy(at)compassionatesolutions(dot)ca.
Aired live: Sunday, January 9, 2011 0800-0900 Eastern Standard Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada