Are These My Feelings?

Empathy is much more powerful than you thought it was…

Leo Greenwood
Age of Empathy

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I was extremely content, feeling very open to the world and that evening, I was excited to be at a talk on Bhakti. It took place in quite a serene ashram where I was resident for a little while. It was a small cosy room that fit 30 people snugly. There were comfortable chairs, cushions on the floor, and the cascading green houseplants on the bookshelves complimented the calming cream walls and soft furnishings.

Not ten minutes into the talk, a wave of discomfort and anxiety swept through me out of nowhere. “I have to leave,” I thought. “This isn’t for me.

I didn’t react to it. I took a beat. I opened up a gap between stimulus and response…

I reflected: These thoughts are in contradistinction to how I’ve been feeling for weeks before this moment. I’ve been to many different talks and discussions and never had this feeling before. I was excited to learn only thirty seconds ago. I don’t know how this makes sense for the being that I am right now…

Then it struck me. These might not be my feelings.

Then What?

Perhaps,” I considered, tentatively, “these are someone else’s feelings; someone else in this room.”

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Leo Greenwood
Age of Empathy

The Universe thinks about itself in interesting ways from here. Philosopher, author, in love with the miracle of existence. leogreenwood.com